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 reviewed the 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.
The Program Performance Evaluation Plan (PPE) 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 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.