NARA Webinar: Theory of Regulatory Compliance
Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Register today!
The theory of regulatory compliance is the basis for risk assessment, key indicators and
differential monitoring. Without this theory, these methodologies could not be used within human service licensing. This webinar will discuss the essence of the theory and its implications beyond human service licensing to econometrics.
Dr. Rick Fiene, Research Institute for Key Indicators
Dr. Fiene has spent 40+ years in developing and improving key indicator, risk assessment and differential monitoring methodologies. After a long career in Pennsylvania State Government as a research psychologist and the Pennsylvania State University as a professor of psychology, in 2013 he created the Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKI) in order to consolidate all research on differential monitoring. Most recently RIKI has entered into a strategic partnership with NARA on the future development of key indicators, risk assessment and differential monitoring to all human services.
The iLookOut for Child Abuse Online Training Program sponsored by the Center for the Protection of Children and Department of Humanities, Penn State Hershey and funded by National Institute for Child Health and Human Development is a must see for human service state administrators and training/professional development coordinators. The iLookOut training will explain signs, symptoms, and risk factors of abuse as well as what, how, and when to report suspected child abuse. Overall, the participant will learn their role as a mandated reporter. Please go to the following website to find out more: (http://ilookoutproject.org/).
Here are two technical research notes which depict licensing and quality data distributions from several states and national data bases maintained by the Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKILLC).
The most prominent aspect of the data displays is the skewness of the licensing data in comparison to the quality data which are more normally distributed. Because of the non-parametric tendencies of licensing data there are limitations in analyzing the data. It also introduces certain unwanted results in which a good deal of mediocrity is introduced into the highest levels of compliance with licensing rules when compared to quality scores. With these limitations in the data, certain methodologies were introduced to overcome these, such as risk assessment/weighting of rules and key indicator/predictor rules to focus and target monitoring reviews on the most critical health and safety rules/regulations. Differential monitoring is the result when these two methodologies are employed in a program monitoring system.
The following article is being published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Volume 31, Issue 6, November–December 2017, Pages 684-694: Caring for Our Children Health and Safety Standards Into Child Care Practice: Child Care Health Consultation Improves Infant and Toddler Care. This article describes a very successful coaching/mentoring intervention.
The BUILD Initiative – QRIS National Learning Network, NECQAC – National Early Childhood Quality Assurance Center, and NARA- National Association for Regulatory Administration have collaborated on the development and implementation of a major initiative with ten states dealing with more efficient and effective monitoring in licensing.
Please see the following HHS/ACF Office of Child Care website (2017 Efficient and Effective Monitoring in Licensing Peer Learning Group) for the details of this innovative Peer Learning Group. Ten states (Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas, and West Virginia) participated in the Peer Learning Group and the series of webinars have produced several significant resources. I would highly recommend this webinar series for other states, other human services, and other jurisdictions to take a look at this innovative approach to monitoring in licensing. The webinars really do move the human services licensing and monitoring fields forward in so many positive ways.
NARA Webinar: The Importance of Key Indicators and Risk Assessment in a New National ECE Monitoring System and the Introduction of a new Coaching Model
Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Register Today!
We will explore how key indicator and risk assessment methodologies contribute to the development of a national monitoring system for federally funded ECE programs and how a new technology called “Pinging” may be an innovative delivery model for online coaching.
Featuring Dr. Rick Fiene of the Research Institute for Key Indicators and the Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University.
The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) is holding its 25th Annual Licensing Seminar next month. Please see the attached brochure which highlights this premier seminar on regulatory administration and compliance in the human services field (NARA 2017 Seminar Program).
Here is a listing of RIKILLC past and present clients and collaborators as well as proposals that have been submitted to clients and interested clients who have contacted RIKILLC related to services, and expert witness engagements or consults to give individuals an idea of the scope of work undertaken by the Research Institute for Key Indicators LLC over the past five years:
- GEORGIA EXTENSION
- NARA CALIFORNIA
- NARA KANSAS
- NARA MICHIGAN
- NARA WISCONSIN
- NARA ILLINOIS
- NARA MONTANA
- BRITISH COLUMBIA
- NARA WASHINGTON
- NARA NEW YORK
- NARA ARIZONA
- NARA DM/KI/RA RIKI
- HEAD START
- NEW YORK
- EDS DELAWARE QRIS
- ECELS PA AAP
- HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER/CPC/PENN STATE (3)
- VIRGINIA LEGAL
- NEW JERSEY LEGAL
- BETTER KID CARE/PENN STATE
Here are two new resources from the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center):
“The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to announce the release of these new and updated resources that support states and territories in the implementation of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) requirements. These and other resources are available on the ECQA Center Web page.”
ACF OCC Announcements (8/21/17)
Here is a link to the Journal of Pediatric Health Care which published a very significant study on how child care health consultation improves infant and toddler care.