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Understanding and measuring program engagement in quality rating and improvement systems

This brief describes five metrics that can be used individually or in combination to support QRIS operations. The metrics cover QRIS eligibility, participation, ratings, density, and children served. Each metric can be calculated across a state or locality and can also be reviewed by program type. QRIS may calculate and review additional breakdowns of the metrics to focus on other priorities, such as regional differences. The first step to identifying the metrics described in this brief was to learn how states are collecting, tracking, and reporting data about QRIS participation. Two data sources were used. First, participation data were summarized from the Quality Compendium website ( The data from the Quality Compendium are reflective of 44 QRIS operating in the United States as of October 31, 2017. Information and data from the Quality Compendium include QRIS eligibility by program type, QRIS rating by program type, and QRIS density for child care centers and family child care programs. Second, nine states were invited to participate in a structured interview on how they define, measure, and track QRIS participation. (author abstract)
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