For this portion of the grant, OPSR made systems-level recommendations to improve the overall quality of Oklahoma's early childhood system. OPSR addressed challenges and sought consultation with external experts. In addition, OPSR utilized the OKFutures Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan to develop an evaluation of system and program quality and effectiveness as well as successful outcomes for children and their families.
OPSR will continue to engage stakeholders to periodically update the Program Performance Evaluation (PPE) plan to align with the OKFutures Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan as they evolve.
The PPE plan was designed by third-party evaluators, Dr. Diane Horm and Dr. Erin Maher of the University of Oklahoma, and Mathematica, in collaboration with OKFutures committee and team members and staff from OPSR.
The purpose of the PPE is to evaluate progress of the OKFutures Strategic Plan's goals and guide data-based decision making and continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts. The PPE aims to assess the progress of OKFutures’ vision that all of Oklahoma’s infants, toddlers and preschoolers are prepared for healthy, happy and successful lives. It examines formative and summative research questions to inform implementation and CQI; track outcomes; and provide accountability to the governor, cabinet secretaries, state legislature, and families.