Ordinal Scaling in Licensing Measurement

I have attached a short technical paper (TRC Ordinal Scale Licensing Measurement ) on moving from the predominant licensing measurement paradigm which measures rules and standards at a nominal scale level to an ordinal scale level.  By introducing this alternate paradigm for licensing measurement it opens up many avenues of analyses, changes in how licensing decision making is done, and potentially combines licensing and quality measurement as one system rather than two systems as it exists now.  This last point will be very controversial because of the existing standards and measurement system that has separate systems for licensing and quality rating & improvement systems (QRIS).   Both systems have their own staffs, infrastructure, rewards, and sanctions when monitoring the rules and standards in each of the respective systems.  The proposal presented in this paper is to have just one system, with one staff, one infrastructure that provides a continuum from regulatory compliance to program quality based upon selected licensing key indicators and quality key indicators that represent specific rules and standards.   This will be the first in several technical papers to develop this concept more fully.


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About Dr Fiene

Dr. Rick Fiene has spent his professional career in improving the quality of child care in various states, nationally, and internationally. He has done extensive research and publishing on the key components in improving child care quality through an early childhood program quality indicator model of training, technical assistance, quality rating & improvement systems, professional development, mentoring, licensing, risk assessment, differential program monitoring, and accreditation. Dr. Fiene is a retired professor of human development & psychology (Penn State University) where he was department head and director of the Capital Area Early Childhood Research and Training Institute.
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