Drive Continuous Improvement in Your Program
As a Head Start leader, you appreciate the challenge of using data to drive stronger outcomes. It’s not enough to attend a training or hire a data expert. It requires a team that can produce effective analysis, access the right experts and sustain a strategy with coaching and support along the way.
That’s why we’ve created the Q.I. Network. The Network integrates data analytics into a learning community experience with dashboards, expert faculty and coaching to sustain continuous quality improvement. We provide the support you need to shift the culture and practices in your program, wow federal reviewers and achieve strong outcomes for children and families.
The Network combines several powerful resources
that have never previously been offered together
How It Works
Historically, the cost of data analytics has been out of reach for most early childhood programs. However, by organizing programs together in a Network we are able to create a new economy, making both the analytics and expert faculty affordable, to enable programs to understand and effectively act on their data. Additionally, facilitators in specific content areas help mine nuggets from benchmark reports, so that everyone learns from the high performers and so that cohort members can support one another on the journey. The Network is designed for leadership teams with each team including a program director and up to four additional managers at each session.
Programs commit to participate in a regional cohort on an annual basis, to share data and meet face to face three times during a 12 month period. Each in-person session runs one and a half days and includes expert analysis of your data with national quality trainers and facilitated breakout sessions by content area. In addition to the face-to-face sessions, programs receive individualized coaching and content managers are supported through implementation focused communities of practice.
The Q.I. Network is managed by Early Intel and the program is overseen by an advisory council composed of representatives from the participating programs. Regional cohorts co-sponsored by state and regional Head Start Associations.
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Getting the right analytics is essential, but it’s only the start — what you do with them will determine progress.
Expectations of Participants
The success of the Network depends on the members. Joining the Q.I. Network represents a commitment to actively participate and apply the learning in one’s own program. The following are delineated in our application:
- While programs may alternate some of their staff from session to session, they commit to at least two program leaders participating consistently in all three sessions.
- Participants read assigned articles to prepare for face to face sessions.
- Programs will upload identified data 30 days in advance of scheduled sessions (our data partners are available to assist your staff in this process).
- Programs commit to implementing a quality improvement initiative during the year and be willing to share your experience with other participants.
- Optional: Participate in coaching calls between sessions, communities of practice, and online resource sharing.
Pricing & Payment
- fewer than 100 children
- 100 — 300 children
- 600 – 2,000 children
- more than 2,000 children
Upon acceptance, programs pay a $2,000 deposit to reserve their place and two additional installment payments.
Discount — Western State cohort programs qualify for a 10% discount if they pay the full amount by December 19, 2019.
Delegates — Grantees with delegate agencies will be treated as a single program, if delegates are using the same data definitions and if data is compiled into a single, consistent data set (additional cost for extra participants and/or additional security layer requirements).