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Data Collection Process

The data in the Quality Compendium comes directly from QRIS administrators or other staff representing the system in each state or locality. Child Trends used the following process to update the data on a yearly basis: 

  1. Child Trends gives the QRIS administrator (or other designated staff person) access to their profile on the backend of the website. They review the information for accuracy, fill in gaps, and ensure their profile is complete.

  2. Child Trends staff reviews the profile and notes any errors or inconsistencies with our definitions and intentions for each data element/field.

  3. The QRIS profiles are made public on the front end of the website.

Child Trends has been updating all the data on an annual basis since 2014 (with the exception of 2018). Typically, every fall we go through the process outlined above with all currently operating QRIS. The entire process takes about 3 months. For states or localities that do not have a QRIS or one that is fully operational, they will not complete a full profile but may submit a brief description for us to post on the website. When a new QRIS profile is being added to the website, Child Trends uses the following, extended process:

  1. Child Trends staff reviews the information available online about the QRIS and enters information into a new profile on the backend of the website.

  2. The QRIS administrator (or other designated staff person) is given access to their profile on the backend of the website. They review the information for accuracy, fill in gaps, and ensure their profile is complete.

  3. Child Trends staff reviews the profile and notes any errors or inconsistencies with our definitions and intentions for each data element/field.

  4. Child Trends staff interviews the QRIS administrator (or other designated staff person) over the phone to discuss any final edits to the information in their profile.

  5. The QRIS profile is made public on the frontend of the website.

It is important to note that we consider the data in the Quality Compendium to be self-reported. We review the information to ensure it is consistent with our definitions and intentions for the website, however we do not conduct audits of the information.