Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) is Los Angeles’ (LA) county-wide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) designed to empower early learning providers to build upon and improve the quality of care they provide to children birth to five.
Like the early learning providers who participate in QSLA, we are driven by the desire to continuously evaluate and improve the quality of the offerings we provide. Our goal is to share the processes, reports, and data on the elements of QSLA we have evaluated, as well as the ways we have modified our collective-impact model as a result of these findings.
QSLA Developmental Evaluation (2019 – Ongoing)
In November 2018, First 5 LA contracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct a developmental evaluation of selected QSLA components. The primary goal of the developmental evaluation is to generate real-time, actionable information that will inform modifications to the QSLA model and/or implementation as it is expanded in L.A. County. The research is being conducted in two waves, with the project expected to be completed by June 30, 2020.
The evaluation focuses on:
- The assessment process and assessment technical assistance
- QRIS tier ratings
Data collection activities include:
- Administrative data analysis
- Focus groups with QSLA providers, coaches, and assessment technical assistance providers
- Interviews with QSLA stakeholders
- Landscape analysis of non-QSLA early childhood coaching agencies in L.A. County that also serve QSLA providers
- Online survey of QSLA providers
- Observations of coaching sessions
Throughout the ongoing developmental evaluation, emerging results and recommendations are provided to QSLA stakeholders as they work to build a sustainable quality improvement model for L.A. county.
At the end of the study, RAND will prepare a public final report, a research brief, and public presentations that detail the developmental evaluation process, findings, and recommendations.