Evaluation of the Quality Ratings Initiative summary report

Authors ARTD consultants
Evaluator company ARTD consultants
Year 2022
Classification Other evidence
Study type Expert opinion
Evaluation type Both process and outcome


The Quality Ratings Initiative (QRI) introduced a suite of resources, including a redesigned quality ratings certificate, which aimed to improve the visual representation of the rating. The objective was to assist families in understanding the strength of the services they are subscribing to, and ensure services and providers remain accountable for high-quality education and care. A process and outcome evaluation was undertaken by ARTD consultants, and found that: Quality is important to families, but the rating itself is not the main source of information on which many families make judgments about quality and that continued investment appears to be warranted.


  • Early childhood
  • Evaluation evidence bank

Business Unit:

  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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