NARA’s Key Indicator Facilitated Dialogues to Continue at their Licensing Seminar in Williamsburg, Virginia, September 24-26.

The second NARA Key Indicator Facilitated Dialogues session was held yesterday (June 15, 2018) in which Dr Fiene discussed the evolution of the Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement and Indicator Model, the Differential Monitoring Logic Model and Algorithm, and his latest Regulatory Compliance research.  The third session in this series will be offered at NARA’s Licensing Seminar to be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, September 24-26, 2018. 

NARA will be highlighting, in addition to the Facilitated Dialogues, several sessions on Key Indicators for participants.  Dr Fiene will be presenting with Dr Sonya Stevens on the innovative work Dr Stevens has been doing in the State of Washington related to key indicators, risk assessment, differential monitoring, and regulatory compliance.  For those who are interested in NARA’s Licensing Seminar, please go to their website.   If interested in the Facilitated Dialogues, please go to the following website – http://www.naralicensing.org/key-indicator-facilitated-dialogues.

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NARA’s Key Indicator System: Facilitated Dialogues this Friday, June 15th

Key Indicator System: Facilitated Dialogues this Friday, June 15th

Join Dr. Fiene and NARA at 

3-4pm AT |2-3pm ET |1-2pm CT |12-1pm MT | 11-12pm PT | 10-11am AKT

Child Care | Adult Care | Child Welfare

 

NARA is excited to present facilitated dialogues on Key Indicators with Dr. Rick Fiene, the father of the Key Indicator System. The Key Indicator System methodology applies across all licensing areas; these dialogues allow licensing professionals across child care, adult care, and child welfare to discuss the application and theory of Key Indicators as they increase efficiency and effectiveness of existing licensing systems.

2018 Meeting Details

Months: March, June, and September
Duration: 60 minutes
Date/Time: June 15 at 2-3pm ET

Every effort will be made to find a date that works for all participants, however, if you cannot join a meeting: 1) you may submit questions in advance for Dr. Fiene to answer, and 2) NARA will send you the discussion recording.

September’s meeting will be held both in person for those attending seminar and via conference call line.

Meeting recordings will be made available to participants.

Participants will be given access to a Community Forum to continue discussion and ask questions between meetings.

Additional meetings into 2018 and beyond will be determined as the group sees fit.

To Join this Group

Complete registration and payment for the 2018 Facilitated Dialogues Package – three (3) 60-minute meetings in 2018 to learn from Dr. Fiene and ask questions specific. You may join this group after it begins in March; you will be sent the recordings for meetings missed.

Register here

Member cost:

Individual and Organizational: $75 per person (breaks down to $25 per session)

Retiree & Student: $60 per person (breaks down to $20 per session)

Non-member cost: $120 per person (breaks down to $40 per session)

 

About Dr. Rick Fiene

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.

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Regulatory Compliance Skewness and Scaling for Decision Making

Here are two technical research notes/short papers on regulatory compliance skewness and scaling for decision making.  The first note deals with the issues associated with the terrible skewness found in regulatory compliance data while the second research note proposes a scale that could potentially be used for making licensing decisions based upon the results from the first research note.

  1. Regulatory Compliance Skewness
  2. Regulatory Compliance Decision Making Scale

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Fiene Algorithm for Generating Regulatory Compliance Key Indicators (RCKI)

Here is the most recent simplified version of the Fiene Algorithm for Generating Regulatory Compliance Key Indicators (RCKI)

  1. Add up regulatory non-compliances for all programs, agencies, jurisdictions, etc…
  2. Review Regulatory Compliance history sorted from high to low
  3. Nominal (Compliance(1)/Non-Compliance(0)) or ordinal measurement (Gradient(1-5)) scaling
  4. Take Risk Assessment Weighting (1-9) into account and apply to nominal or ordinal scaling.
  5. Top 25% (High Group) and bottom 25% (Low Group) of regulatory compliance scores
  6. Drop out the middle 50% of regulatory compliance scores
  7. Develop a 2 x 2 matrix which includes each regulation by the High Group and Low Group
  8. Cells of the Matrix:  A = High Group + Programs in Compliance on Specific Regulation
  9. B = High Group + Programs out of Compliance on Specific Regulation
  10. C = Low Group + Programs in Compliance on Specific Regulation
  11. D = Low Group + Programs out of Compliance on Specific Regulation
  12. W = Total Number of Programs in Compliance on Specific Regulation
  13. X = Total Number of Programs out of Compliance on Specific Regulation
  14. Y = Total Number of Programs in High Group.
  15. Z = Total Number of Programs in Low Group
  16. Use the following formula: ((A)(D)) – ((B)(C)) / sqrt ((W)(X)(Y)(Z)) = RCKI
  17. Result will range from –1 to +1
  18. +.5 to +1.0 will be included as Regulatory Compliance Key Indicators (RCKI).  All other regulations will not be included.
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Pubs, Docs, Pres for State Licensing Administrators

Here are a series of publications, documents, technical notes, and slides for licensing administrators related to licensing measurement & systems, and regulatory compliance to keep in mind as they design and implement their monitoring systems:

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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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Assorted Flyers and Brochures Describing RIKILLC, ECPQI2M, KI, QI, RA, and DM

Here are an assortment of flyers and brochures developed by the Research Institute for Key Indicators LLC (RIKILLC) and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) describing the Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement and Indicator Model (ECPQI2M), Key Indicators (KI), Quality Indicators (QI), Risk Assessment (RA), and Differential Monitoring (DM).

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ECPQI2M Research Articles

The following three journal articles published in 2013, 2015, and 2017 focus on the key components of ECPQI2M – Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement and Indicator Model in regulatory program compliance (1IJCCEP), program quality via Quality Rating & Improvement Systems (QRIS)(2ECRQ), and Early Care and Education professional development (3JPEDHC).

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

Contact Dr Fiene at Fiene@RIKInstitute.com or RFiene@NARALicensing.org or rjf8@psu.edu

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Research Projects Over the Past 40 Years

I have had the opportunity to work on some very interesting projects over the past 40 years+ as a research psychologist and professor. I have worked with many National Organizations; Federal, Local and State Agencies; and private human service agencies during my professional career. But probably the best project I ever worked on was with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where we were asked to assess their youth activity programs (aka child care). What was so much fun with this project was the data collection phase where the only way to collect data was to be booked on seven day cruises. Now that was a blast!!

I was still at Penn State and directing the Capital Area Early Childhood Research and Training Institute when this project come to fruition and I still remember the day when I mentioned to the faculty and staff of the Institute that we had a new project. This always got them excited because it meant additional work for staff who were busy all the time. But when I started to describe this new project with Royal Caribbean, suddenly eyes of discontent turned to scenes of royal blue waters.

The staff of Royal Caribbean were first class and a joy to work with. I will not mention names because I have not asked their permission to include them in this blog but all of them from the Director of Global Security to the Captains of the Ships were all highly professional.

The other wonderful outcome of this project was that the standards we developed a portion of them were adopted by the CLIA – Cruise Line International Association for all Youth Sponsored Programs for all their members which numbered about 30 cruise lines. I wished getting standards adopted were as easy for early care and education back in the states.

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Linear versus Non-Linear Reality

Here are some notes that I hope will generate a good deal of thinking about how we approach reality given some random observations about data (mathematics and statistics), psychology (public policy) and physics (time and space).  This is very different from my other posts on this blog but it does tie in nicely with my data prediction research I have been doing for a really long time within the public policy sector dealing with regulatory compliance and administration.

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

Contact Dr Fiene at Fiene@RIKInstitute.com or RFiene@NARALicensing.org or rjf8@psu.edu

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