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    • 2.3

      Finalizing the Group and Indicator Definitions………………………………….38

      • 2.3.1

        Common Definition for the SQG Sector………………………………...38

      • 2.3.2

        Common SQG Performance Indicators………………………………….39

      • 2.3.3

        Indicator Sign-Off Process……………………………………………….42

    • 2.4

      Finalizing the Data Collection Methods…………………………………………44

      • 2.4.1

        Standards for Collecting “New” Data……………………………………44

      • 2.4.2

        Standards for “Existing” Data……………………………………………45

    • 2.5

      Finalizing the Analytical Methods and Procedures……………………………...45

      • 2.5.1

        Data Elements to be Used………………………………………………..45

      • 2.5.2

        What the Project Will Measure..................................................................46

    • 2.6

      Observations and Lessons Learned from Phase 2………………………………..46

Section 3: Data Collection, Field Observer Training and Statistical Methods (Phase 3)……………………………………………………….….47

    • 3.1

      Determining a Reasonable Sample Size for Drawing Statistical Conclusions about the SQG Group…………………………………………………………….47

      • 3.1.1

        Sample Size Needed to Benchmark an Individual State’s Sector Performance……………………………………………………………...48

      • 3.1.2

        Sample Size Needed to Compare Performance Levels between States….50

    • 3.2

      Universe Identification and Random Sampling………………………………….52

    • 3.3

      Steps to Ensure Field Data Quality………………………………………………53

    • 3.4

      Receipt and Analysis of Collected Field Data…………………………………...59

      • 3.4.1

        The ERP Performance Analyzer…………………………………………59

      • 3.4.2

        Quality Assurance Procedures for Data Analysis and Reporting………..60

    • 3.5

      Observations and Lessons Learned from Phase 3………………………………..60

Section 4: Data Analysis and Reporting Results (Phase 4)…………………………..61

    • 4.1

      How SQG Performance was Measured………………………………………….61

      • 4.1.1

        SQG Performance Indicators…………………………………………….61

      • 4.1.2

        How SQG Indicators were Analyzed…………………………………….63

    • 4.2

      State-by-State Observed SQG Performance Results…………………………….63

      • 4.2.1

        Raw SQG Performance Scores for Aggregated Groups and Individual Regulatory and Beyond Compliance Indicators…………………………63

    • 4.3

      Statistical Analysis of SQG Performance Results……………………………….67

      • 4.3.1

        Interpreting Observed SQG Results……………………………………...67

      • 4.3.2

        Statistically Significant Differences in SQG Mean Facility Scores……..67

      • 4.3.3

        Statistically Significance Differences in State SQG Achievement Rates for Individual Indicators…………………………………………...69

      • 4.3.4

        The Effect of Confidence Levels, Number of Inspections and Confidence Intervals on the Usefulness of the Data for Decision Making…………...72

      • 4.3.5

        Another Look at the Data: Distribution of a State’s SQG Facility Scores……………………………………………...76

    • 4.4

      Exploration of State Activities Influence on SQG Performance Results………..76

      • 4.4.1

        Introduction………………………………………………………………76

      • 4.4.2

        Observations from Comparing State Activities to Measured SQG Performance Results……………………………………………………..78

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