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Technical Assistance in Systems Building for State Leaders

Technical assistance to support systems building, including leadership, is available through the State Capacity Building Center and may be available through other federal technical assistance centers. Please check with your State Systems Specialist for more information.

This guide provides an overview of key purposes, concepts, and tools of evaluation and continuous quality improvement and shows why evaluation and continuous quality improvement are valuable tools for state leaders. Included are state examples that illustrate how evaluation and continuous quality improvement (CQI) are important tools that, when linked to strategy, can build better connections between data, decisions, and actions.

Systems Building Resource Guide 8: Program Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement is designed to help States and Territories understand more about evaluation and CQI. It is intended for early childhood leaders who are not evaluators, such as state administrators and their partners. The guide introduces a range of evaluation and CQI approaches and practices that reflect the richness of these fields. It also provides an overview of additional resources for deeper exploration, including how-to manuals and other instruction materials.