Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Outcomes Measurement: Frameworks & Self-Assessments

The framework and self-assessment tools are designed for states to assess their progress towards implementation of a high-quality outcomes measurement system. The tools can assist states in decision-making to improve their outcomes measurement systems.

State Child Outcomes Framework and Self-Assessment

The development of the child outcomes framework and self-assessment involved participation of seven diverse partner states, chosen through an application and selection process. The states were: California (619), Colorado (Part C and 619), Delaware (Part C and 619), Maine (Part C and 619), Minnesota (Part C and 619), New York (Part C) and Ohio (Part C and 619).

This tool is designed to be used by state agencies to assess progress toward full implementation of a Child Outcomes Measurement System (COMS) for programs serving young children with delays and disabilities. Previous versions of the self assessment have been re-formatted to allow users to download, enter and save their self-assessment data.

Local Child Outcomes Measurement System (L-COMS)

This framework developed by ECTA and DaSy identifies 7 key components of a high-quality child outcomes measurement system at the local level. The following resources were designed for local Part C and Part B 619/Preschool programs to evaluate and improve their systems. Local program, as used throughout these documents, refers to a local/regional early intervention services program or a local educational agency or school district.

  • PDF: Local Child Outcomes Measurement System (L-COMS) (September 2017) – describes the framework’s 7 components, 13 quality indicators and their associated elements of quality
  • XLS: L-COMS Self-Assessment (September 2017) – an Excel-based tool that provides a structure for local programs to record the current status of their child outcomes measurement system on the 13 quality indicators and associated elements, and to set priorities for improvement
  • PDF: L-COMS Guide (September 2017) – contains general guidance for using the self-assessment tool

State Family Outcomes Framework and Self-Assessment

This framework was a collaboration between ECO and four partner states: Connecticut (Part C), Illinois (Part C), Minnesota (Part C and 619), and Texas (Part C).

This tool is designed to be used by state agencies to assess progress toward full implementation of a Family Experiences and Outcomes Measurement System for programs serving young children with delays and disabilities. The self-assessment allows users to download, enter and save their self-assessment data.

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