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Quality Improvement Network: A Systems Evaluation Mid Year Report

One of the primary goals of the Quality Improvement Network (QIN) systems evaluation is to provide timely and actionable data and analysis to support the QIN in its development and evolution. To this end, DC Action for Children (DC Action) produced a mid-year report for The BUILD Initiative to review at the midpoint of the evaluation’s first year.

The report provides an analysis of the findings from the evaluation to date and concludes with preliminary recommendations to support the QIN both during its first year of implementation and beyond. This report will be shared with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Division of Early Learning to help guide their leadership of the QIN.

The preliminary round of data collection reveals many areas of strength that speak to successes that the QIN has thus far achieved. In the report, we highlight areas that have been challenging for the QIN. While important to address, these challenges are common for networks that organize large, diverse groups of stakeholders focused on systems building and alignment.


The findings also provide an opportunity for strategic dialogue among the QIN stakeholders to discuss and address the common challenges identified within the QIN during its startup phase.

Stakeholders highlighted their deep commitment to goals of the QIN, the growing collaboration within the network and its strong leadership. Given the strong overarching foundation set by the shared vision of the QIN, stakeholders had space to raise areas of potential concern, including those regarding the substantial investment of time and support that will be necessary to bring child care providers up to the rigorous Early Head Start (EHS) standards, the barriers to achieving financial stability faced by child care providers, and the long-term sustainability of the QIN model.

Based on the summarized data, we have identified a number of actionable recommendations to support and improve the QIN during its implementation phase. These preliminary recommendations are divided into four categories of focus:

  1. communication;
  2. governance;
  3. quality assurance; and
  4. sustainability.

To download the full Mid Year Report, please click on the link in the sidebar.