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Involving families

Involving Families

Early Childhood Outcomes Center


Informing families

Informing Families

  • What are you doing to inform families about the data collection?

    • Why it is occurring

    • What it involves

    • What it means for them and their child

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Www the eco center org

www.the-eco-center.org

Federal and State Activities

State Activities

http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/whatstates.cfm#State_sites

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Involving families

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Preparing families

Preparing Families

  • Helping families be active participants in the discussion

    • What is working?

    • What is not working?

  • General principle: Families need to know what to expect

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What do we expect from families

What Do We Expect from Families

  • Yes - That they will be able to provide rich information about their child’s functioning across settings and situation

  • Maybe but not necessarily – That they will know whether their child is showing age appropriate behavior

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Involving families in a conversation about their child

Involving Families in a Conversation about Their Child

  • Avoid jargon

  • Avoid questions that can be answered with a yes or no

    • “Does Anthony finger feed himself?”

  • Ask questions that allow parents to tell you what they have seen

    • “Tell me about how Anthony eats”

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Involving families in a conversation about their child1

Involving Families in a Conversation about Their Child

  • What is working?

  • What is not working?

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Involving families in the rating discussion

Involving Families in the Rating Discussion

  • What % of families are participating?

  • How are you doing this?

  • What is working?

  • What is not working?

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Families right to cosf information

Families’ Right to COSF Information

All families have a right to know what ratings have given to their child -- and to the records containing the information.

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Quality review of discussion

Quality Review of Discussion

Activity

Including Families in the Rating Discussion

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Looking for quality data

Looking for Quality Data

I know it is in here

somewhere

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Activity

  • What factors work to improve the quality of your data?

  • What factors work to lessen the quality of your data?

  • How to address these factors?

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Take home message

Take Home Message

If you conclude the data are not (yet) valid, they cannot be used for program effectiveness, program improvement or anything else.

What do you if the data are not as good as they should be?

Answer: Continue to improve data collection through ongoing quality assurance

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Many steps to ensuring quality data

Many steps to ensuring quality data

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Many steps to ensuring quality data1

Many steps to ensuring quality data

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Promoting quality data

Promoting quality data

Training and support before and during data collection

Analysis of the data after data collection

Data system and verification after data collection

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Promoting quality data1

Promoting Quality Data

Through training and communication related to:

  • Assessment

  • Understanding the COSF process

  • Age expectations

  • Data entry

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Promoting quality data2

Promoting Quality Data

Through training materials, such as

  • Video team and child examples

  • Written child examples

  • “Quizzes” for ensuring learning

    Refresher trainings –

    Beware of Drift!!

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Promoting quality data3

Promoting Quality Data

Through data systems and verification, such as

  • Data system error checks

  • Good data entry procedures

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Many steps to ensuring quality data2

Many steps to ensuring quality data

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Ongoing supervision

Ongoing supervision

  • Review of the process

    • Is the process high quality?

    • Are teams reaching the correct rating?

  • Methods

    • Observation

    • Videos

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Quality review of cosf team discussion

Quality Review of COSF Team Discussion

1. Do all team members participate in the discussion?

2. Is parent input considered in the rating? Give examples.

3. Is the team documenting the rating discussion? Give examples.

4. Does the team discuss multiple assessment sources? What are they?

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Quality review of cosf team discussion1

Quality Review of COSF Team Discussion

5. Does the team describe the child’s functioning, rather than just test scores? Give examples.

6. Does the discussion include the child’s full range of functioning, including skills and behaviors that are age appropriate, immediate foundational, and leading to immediate foundational? Give examples.

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Quality review through process checks

Quality review through process checks

  • Provider surveys

    • Self assessment of competence

    • Knowledge checks

    • Process descriptions (who participates?)

    • Identification of barriers

  • Kansas survey

  • Alaska’s survey

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Questions from alaska s survey

Questions from Alaska’s Survey


Ongoing supervision1

Ongoing Supervision

  • Feedback to teams is critical

  • Refresher training

  • Beware of

    • Auto pilot

    • Drift

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Quality review of cosf team discussion2

Quality Review of COSF Team Discussion

Activity

Observe team video

Evaluate quality

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Many steps to ensuring quality data3

Many steps to ensuring quality data

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Quality review of completed cosfs

Quality Review of Completed COSFs

Is the COSF complete?

Is there adequate evidence for the basis for the rating?

Does the evidence match the appropriate outcome area?

Is the evidence based on functional behaviors?

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Quality review of completed cosfs1

Quality Review of Completed COSFs

Is there evidence that the child’s functioning across settings and situations considered?

Are the ratings consistent with the evidence?

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Quality review of cosf

Quality Review of COSF

Activity

Review completed COSF with errors

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Promoting quality data through data analysis

Promoting quality data through data analysis

  • Examine the data for inconsistencies

  • If/when you find something strange, look for other data that might help explain it.

  • Is the variation caused by something other than bad data?

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The validity of your data is questionable if

The validity of your data is questionable if…

  • The overall pattern in the data looks ‘strange’

    • Compared to what you expect

    • Compared to other data

    • Compared to similar states/regions/school districts

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Cosf ratings fall

COSF Ratings - Fall

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Outcome 3: Appropriate Action


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Outcome 3: Appropriate Action


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Outcome 3: Appropriate Action


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Outcome 3: Appropriate Action


Osep categories

OSEP Categories

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Questions to ask

Questions to ask

  • Do the data make sense?

    • Am I surprised? Do I believe the data? Believe some of the data? All of the data?

  • If the data are reasonable (or when they become reasonable), what might they tell us?

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Validity

Validity

  • Validity refers to the use of the information

  • Does evidence and theory support the interpretation of the data for the proposed use?

    Or

  • Are you justified in reaching the inference you are reaching based on the data?

    Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (1999) by American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, National Council on Measurement in Education

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The validity of your data is questionable if1

The validity of your data is questionable if:

?

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  • ….not all providers are not knowledgeable about in the COSF process

  • …not all providers are careful with the COSF process

  • …the data look “strange”

  • …etc.

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Many steps to ensuring quality data4

Many steps to ensuring quality data

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