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Quality Compendium Resources

Highlights from the Quality Compendium: State QIS Revisions and Equity Approaches

Watch this webinar to learn more about the Compendium, including how Quality Improvement Systems are adapting to build a more equitable system for children, families, and providers served through their programs in Michigan and Idaho.

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Overview of

A video that provides a tour of the Quality Compendium website and demonstrates three ways you can use the Compendium to answer your questions about QRIS.

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A data dictionary for downloads in spreadsheet format including the fields: data element name, category, definition, sub-elements, options, variable type, and the number of time the variable(s) repeats in the download.


Quality Compendium Webinar: Getting the Most Out of the Data (February 26, 2020)

The BUILD Initiative and Child Trends hosted a webinar to share updates to the Quality Compendium, including new data, features of the website, and how quality improvement leaders use the data in their work.

Speakers included Debi Mathias, Kathryn Tout, Liz Bedrick, Simon Workman, and Char Goodreau.

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2019 Participation Data Changes Spreadsheet

Data on program eligibility and participation in QRIS are among the most requested data elements by users of the Quality Compendium. These data are challenging to collect in ways that allow direct comparison across different states. For example, calculation of density of participation relies on using similar criteria across states for how the universe of eligible programs (the demoninator in density) is calculated and how the number of rated/participating programs (the numerator) is calculated. Child Trends identified challenges in interpreting the participation and density data from 2019. This spreadsheet documents data changes to produce more clear alignment across states. If you are interested in how the state originally intended to present their data, this spreadsheet provides a look at the data as states entered it. Note that this spreadsheet does not include all of the data presented on the Compendium website. To view the complete database, please refer to the 2019 Master Dataset linked on


2019 Technical Assistance Data Changes Spreadsheet

An error in the 2019 data collection process resulted in a loss of data from the technical assistance (TA) focus section of the QRIS profiles, specifically on the data element related to TA focused on infants and toddlers. The data showed that 15 state respondents had changed their answer from "yes" in 2017 to "no" in 2019, which Child Trends identified as unlikely. Child Trends used the 2017 data to manually change those states' 2019 responses from "no" to "yes." To view the complete database, please refer to the 2019 Master Dataset linked on


Highlights from the Quality Compendium: State Trends Towards Recognition and Support

During this webinar, we discuss overall trends in the new 2023 Quality Compendium data, including the shift from rating to recognition and states’ approaches to continuous quality improvement. We also hear directly from state leaders in Illinois and Maryland as they share insights about their own QIS systems.

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