Preparation for Washington State’s Validation Study Kick Off Meetings Next Week

I am in the midst of preparing to fly to Seattle next week to be part of the Washington State’s Validation Study Kick Off meetings in Olympia.  This is a really big deal in early care and education licensing because the state is expanding the use of weighted risk assessment in making licensing decisions.  In the past, weighted risk assessment has been used for making determinations about individual rules or regulations and about the frequency of monitoring visits.  Washington state’s licensing office has always been at the forefront of monitoring innovations in being one of the first states to utilize licensing key indicators which has been part of their overall differential/abbreviated monitoring for many years now.   According to my records, they have the longest running use of licensing key indicators than any other state or province.

Washington has been working with the National Association for Regulatory Administration on their weighted risk assessment project for the past couple of years and the next 1-2 years will be devoted to validating their approaches.  The interested reader can find out more details about Washington’s Research Agenda by going to RIKInstitute.com.  I will also be providing updates over the next couple of weeks during my time in Seattle and Olympia.  This is another major step in moving the regulatory science field forward when it comes to regulatory compliance, licensing measurement, and differential monitoring systems.

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iLookOut to appear in the Journal of Early Child Development and Care

A description of the iLookOut Program for Child Abuse Prevention will appear in the Journal of Early Child Development and Care.

It was published online yesterday, June 7, 2019.  Below is the journal eprint.

Ilookout for child abuse conceptual and practical considerations in creating an online learning programme to engage learners and promote behaviour 

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News from the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State

Here is the latest news (May 23, 2019) from the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State University highlighting events, faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.

News and Updates from PRC Faculty, Staff, Students and Affiliates

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Exchange Leadership Initiative

I got this wonderful news today, it is truly an honor to be included:

Dear Rick,

Congratulations – you have been chosen to be an Exchange Leader.  You will be included in the article featuring our newest Exchange Leaders in the July/August issue of Exchange magazine. 

The Exchange Leadership Initiative (ELI) launched in November 2014, with the intention of making leadership more visible in the field of Early Care and Education.  Our early childhood field has strong leaders who accomplish the important work of educating young children, as well as supporting and advocating for children, their families, and their communities.  Exchange Leaders are everywhere, doing powerful work in their communities, regions and across the world. 

You are joining the more than 300 current Exchange Leaders.  Your passion for the field and your commitment and perseverance over the years is important to the work we all do.  I welcome you and look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Pam Boulton, Ed.D.

Coordinator, Exchange Leadership Initiative

 

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Journal of Regulatory Science: A Treatise on Regulatory Compliance

The Journal of Regulatory Science is publishing “A Treatise on the Theory of Regulatory Compliance (Fiene TRC JRS 7 2019)” this month (Volume 7)(doi.org/10.21423/jrs-v07fiene).  This article presents the latest research and thinking in how this theory impacts regulatory science and compliance within social and economic regulations.  Here is the link to the Journal of Regulatory Science, look under Policy Commentaries:

Journal of Regulatory Science, Volume 7(1)

or just go directly to the article

(doi.org/10.21423/jrs-v07fiene)

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Dr Richard Fiene, Research Psychologist and Professor of Psychology (ret) at Penn State University is generally regarded as the leading international researcher/scholar on licensing measurement and differential monitoring systems. His theory of regulatory compliance has altered regulatory science and licensing measurement dramatically in thinking about how best to monitor and assess licensing rules and regulations.
Dr Fiene’s measurement and monitoring methodologies have led to targeted or abbreviated inspections in all aspects of human service licensing thru risk assessment, key indicators and differential monitoring approaches. He has maintained an international data base on regulatory compliance for the past 40 years which is housed at the Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKIllc) and the Pennsylvania State University and has led to the development of statistical techniques for dealing with highly skewed, non-parametric data distributions. His research has led to the following: identification of herding behavior of two year olds, national early care and education quality indicators, mathematical model for determining adult child ratio compliance, Solution to the Trilemma in Child Care Delivery Services, Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, Online coaching as a learning platform, Validation framework for licensing systems, and an Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement Model.
He has written extensively on regulatory compliance in the human services and his research has been disseminated all over the world via his website (http://RIKInstitute.com). He presently directs the Research Institute for Key Indicators and is a senior research consultant with the National Association for Regulatory Administration, and is an Affiliate Professor with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Consultant to the College of Medicine at Penn State Hershey and the College of Ag. Sciences at Penn State University.
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iLookOut Child Abuse Prevention Program: An Online Learning Program for Protecting Children

The iLookOut Child Abuse Prevention program has clearly demonstrated that it significantly improves knowledge about abuse, and attitudes regarding what is needed to protect children from harm and has resulted in individuals feeling better prepared to respond to child maltreatment.  Now it has also been demonstrated that iLookOut improves reporting to child protective services, with significantly more reports resulting in findings of abuse and/or referral for social services.  Here is an Infographic describing the program and its significant results.

iLookOut Infographic

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Dr. Philip Zimbardo gives talk at Penn State Harrisburg

Dr. Philip Zimbardo is an influential psychologist best-known for his 1971 Stanford prison experiment. Many psychology students may also be familiar with his psychology textbooks and the Discovering Psychology video series often used in high school and psychology classrooms. Zimbardo is also the author of several notable books including The Lucifer Effect.

I had the distinct honor to be invited to a dinner hosted by the Penn State psychology faculty for Dr. Zimbardo this week.  Here is a photo of Dr. Zimbardo and the faculty & guests.

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New Saskatchewan and NARA Project Demonstrating the Efficacy of ECPQIM and Differential Monitoring

It is exciting to announce a new differential monitoring project in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada being done by NARA – National Association for Regulatory Administration.   This project will assist the Ministry of Education in developing a full blown differential monitoring system with key indicators, risk assessment rules, and quality indicators along with the validation of each.  It will be a full evaluation of the ECPQIM – Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement and Indicator Model (please see the following webpage (https://rikinstitute.com/ecpqim/) for additional details about the model.  This project will get back to the original purpose of differential monitoring in providing a balance between licensing indicators and quality indicators being used in tandem during abbreviated monitoring reviews.  This approach of combining key indicators with risk assessment rules focuses on children’s health, safety and well-being developmentally.

I will be providing updated RIKI Notes as we move along with the project delineating the various phases.

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Effectiveness and Efficiency Relationship

RIKI Technical Research Note #70 – Effectiveness and Efficiency Relationship with resultant Cost Benefit Analysis modeling based upon data from the Theory of Regulatory Compliance.  This technical research note depicts a graphic display of the relationship between effectiveness and efficiency and how the intersection of these two can result in cost benefit analysis.

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Dr Richard Fiene, Research Psychologist and Professor of Psychology (ret) at Penn State University is generally regarded as the leading international researcher/scholar on licensing measurement and systems. His theory of regulatory compliance has altered regulatory science and licensing measurement dramatically in thinking about how best to monitor and assess licensing rules and regulations.
Dr Fiene’s measurement and monitoring methodologies have led to targeted or abbreviated inspections in all aspects of human service licensing thru risk assessment, key indicators and differential monitoring approaches. He has maintained an international data base on regulatory compliance for the past 40 years which is housed at the Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKIllc) and the Pennsylvania State University and has led to the development of statistical techniques for dealing with highly skewed, non-parametric data distributions. His research has led to the following: identification of herding behavior of two year olds, national early care and education quality indicators, mathematical model for determining adult child ratio compliance, Solution to the Trilemma in Child Care Delivery Services, Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, Online coaching as a learning platform, Validation framework for licensing systems, and an Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement Model.
He has written extensively on regulatory compliance in the human services and his research has been disseminated all over the world via his website (http://RIKInstitute.com). He presently directs the Research Institute for Key Indicators and is a senior research consultant with the National Association for Regulatory Administration, and is an Affiliate Professor with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Consultant to the College of Medicine at Penn State Hershey and the College of Ag. Sciences at Penn State University.
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Child Care Aware of America’s Child Care Licensing Database Report

Child Care Aware published a very significant report (Child Care Aware of America’s Child Care Licensing Database: Initial Findings) on state licensing throughout the USA.  It builds upon their innovative reports “We Can Do Better“.  This new report series utilizes Caring for Our Children Basics as the comparison tool in looking at the state’s licensing rules and monitoring systems.  It is an absolutely brilliant approach to being able to look at state’s rules from a national perspective and I applaud Child Care Aware for taking this on.  Here is a copy of the report and links to their webpage which contains additional information about the child care licensing data base.

Richard Fiene, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKIllc); Professor of Psychology (ret), Penn State University; Affiliate Professor, Penn State Prevention Research Center; Senior Research Consultant, National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA).

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