Throughout California’s 58 counties, there are local and regional Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) designed to systematically assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs (see the CDE website for more information). All QRIS consortia across California are required to submit standardized data every year related to the early care and education sites supported by the system; this data is submitted in a consolidated data file — the Common Data File (CDF).

Key activities of this partnership:

  • Data analysis & data briefs
  • Data scan and analysis 
  • QRIS
  • Data visualization
  • Data reporting
  • Excel
  • Tableau

While all counties collect and submit this data, many counties do not yet leverage its wealth of information. Further, many counties collect additional data each year to track program activities and monitor progress. Recognizing the opportunity to utilize this data in communications and decision-making, the Region 7 QRIS Hub (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties) hoped to mine this data for county and regional trends and turn these findings into reports for various constituencies, including parents/families, ECE providers, and local and state policymakers/decision-makers.

VIVA analyzed 3 years of CDF and other data (including coaching logs and demographic data), focusing on trends over time, as well as similarities and differences among the three counties. As part of this work, VIVA created a data library, conducted a data gaps analysis, and performed a correlation analysis to determine which variables had a strong relationship with high-performing sites. VIVA developed webinars and presentations to walk the client through findings and guide discussion around implications and best practices – both in terms of data collection and targeted funding opportunities. VIVA concluded the project by developing data briefs that the client could use for internal and external communication.

The team at VIVA were great to work with. They expertly facilitated our Region’s data analysis process from start to finish and exhibited responsiveness, flexibility, and comprehensive follow through every step of the way. We were very impressed with the depth of the analysis conducted and their ability to sort through all the findings and elevate the most meaningful data in a user friendly format. I would recommend VIVA for any type of data analysis or marketing project, especially when bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders and working collectively to determine data priorities. VIVA will help you cut through the noise.

Nani Oesterle,
Program Manager for QRIS Region 7 Hub