NARA to Offer New Course on Licensing Measurement

Starting this Fall 2021, NARA – National Association for Regulatory Administration in conjunction with the Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKI) will be offering a new course, Licensing Measurement and Systems. The course is being developed by Dr Richard Fiene, Penn State Professor of Psychology (ret) & NARA Senior Research Consultant. Here are a couple of summary comments about the course:

This course will provide the learner with the major tenets of licensing measurement. The learner will discover as they go through the course that measurement in licensing is very different than other measurement systems found in many of the various social and human services. It has some very unique and idiosyncratic aspects which will provide us with increasing challenges in coming up with specific metrics in determining regulatory compliance.

The field of regulatory science is a very young field. Although regulations have been kicking around for well over 100 years, the science behind regulations is probably a quarter of this time. So there is not a great deal of empirical evidence to draw upon which is discouraging but it is very encouraging and exciting at the same time because so much needs to be accomplished in establishing regulatory science’s theory.

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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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