Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Outcomes Measurement: IFSP/IEP-Outcomes Integration


States and local programs are making child and family outcomes measurement more efficient and more effective by integrating those processes with IFSP and IEP development and implementation. The ECTA Center works to support states that are making changes to their systems and materials to integrate these two processes.

Background Information

The following video presentation provides an overview to the IFSP-IEP integration processes across work with The ECTA Center and a number of early childhood professionals interested in these processes.

Learning Community

The IFSP/IEP Integration learning community was formed to bring together states and local programs to explore issues, develop guidance, and share tools and materials that support integrating IFSP/IEP development and outcomes measurement approaches. For more information, please see our page on WWW: learning communities.

Key Considerations for Implementation

An Interactive Guide to Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process

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The purpose of this interactive guide is to assist state, regional and local early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) providers to take the steps needed to integrate the child and family outcomes measurement with the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. It is designed to be a "place to start" when considering the multiple factors that go into creating an integrated process.

Flow Charts and Activities

The following charts were created by a workgroup of members of the Integrating Outcomes Learning Community to demonstrate how the activities involving outcomes measurement are accomplished in the IFSP/IEP process. Each chart includes steps from the flow charts (see below), activities to prepare for and implement each step, examples of processes and discussions, and national and state resources that relate to each step.

These flow charts show where opportunities to collect functional information for child outcomes measurement may be integrated throughout the IFSP or IEP process.

The following worksheets provide a series of questions for programs to use in discussing the overlap of outcomes work and IFSP/IFSP development. The worksheets are designed to be used with the corresponding generic flow charts, above.

The following documents describe in further detail when and how to collect information for child outcomes as part of IFSP and IEP processes. The documents also invite the reader to reflect upon the extent to which one's own program is integrating child outcomes measurement in each step of the IFSP or IEP (e.g. 'not implemented,' 'needs improvement' or 'implemented').

Training Resources

Developing High Quality IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals Training Package

This product was developed collaboratively with staff from WWW: NECTAC, the Western Regional Resource Center (WRRC), and WWW: the ECO Center in response to the need expressed from state and local providers to have specific information and resources about developing IFSP outcomes and IFSP goals. The training package includes content about integrating the global child and family outcomes into the IFSP/IEP process. There are also activities that encourage the participants to consider the connection between the child and family outcomes and the development of individual IFSP outcomes and IEP goals.

State Resources

The following documents were created by states to support the integration of the child outcomes measurement into the IFSP or IEP process.


  • PDF: Delaware Building Blocks: This manual was updated in 2011 and contains information for the professionals responsible for collecting and reporting child outcomes data. In Section 3, there is information to support professionals to integrate the child outcomes measurement into the IEP process.

Department of the Army- Educational & Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS)

  • PDF: IFSP Process Document Guide: This is the current TA guide for the providers in the EDIS program. It includes a description of how to integrate the three outcome areas into the description of the child's present levels of development.
  • PDF: Measuring Child & Family Results in Early Intervention Workbook: This workbook is intended to help professionals working in early intervention services in the Army to better understand and be successful with measuring both child and family results. The workbook includes information, examples and self-check activities to assist professionals.
  • PDF: EDIS COS Organizing Tool: This two page resource is being used in the EDIS program in COS process with families. It summarizes the content of the three outcomes on one side, and includes the decision tree with prompts and a visual (the buckets) on the other.



  • WWW: Learning Links: A set of videos created to help early intervention service providers develop a deeper understanding of the importance of eliciting functional information from families, the unique contributions of each IFSP team member, anchoring discussions of children's strengths and needs in age-expected development, and collaborative decision-making on the COS ratings. Also includes a viewing guide to help early interventionists make the best use of the video through reflection and discussions.
  • PDF: Maryland COS Worksheet: This tool helps providers summarize information from multiple sources according to the three child outcome areas in order to complete outcomes measurement.
  • PDF: COS Ratings and Maryland Descriptors with Buckets: This document is Maryland's customized version of the descriptor statements and bucket list.
  • PDF: Green IFSP Booklet: This guide for parents explains the IFSP process. It includes information about the child outcomes measurement process as well as a worksheet for parents to use in preparation for the IFSP meeting, including summarizing their child's strengths and needs, organized by the 3 outcomes.
  • PDF: Healthy Beginnings: This document contains the Maryland early learning standards and is organized and crosswalked by the 3 child outcome areas.


  • PDF: Ohio IFSP Guidance Document: This booklet provides information to OH early intervention providers about completing the new OH IFSP, which includes the integration of child outcomes measurement.
  • PDF: Ohio Individualized Family Service Plan Training Module: This self-paced module provides detailed instructions and information about IFSP expected practices in development for Ohio EI providers. Section B contains the information about the child outcomes ratings within the IFSP.


  • PDF: IEP for EEE Training Workbook: This resource walks through instructions for each page of the Vermont Essential Early Education (preschool) IEP, which includes the integrated outcomes measurement.
  • PDF: Guidance Memo- Transition from EEE-IEP (preschool) IEP to School-Age IEP: This document provides options for preschool and elementary teams for transitioning the child from the preschool IEP, which integrates child outcomes measurement, to the school age IEP. The document also provides instructions and guidance on the timing of the exit Child Outcomes Summary.


  • PDF: Child Indicators Booklet: This guidance document provides information for service coordinators, providers and families about the child outcomes within the context of the integrated Virginia IFSP. Updated in 2013, it reflects the change in practice from the first version ("Determining the Status of Infant/Toddler Development in Relation to the Three Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Outcomes") to the new practice of integrating child outcomes measurement within the state's IFSP.
  • DOC: Child Indicator Guiding Questions: This document provides prompts and question to guide discussions with families, from initial contacts through the completion of the assessment for IFSP development.


  • PDF: Washington IFSP Resource Guide: This is the current TA guide for the providers in Washington State. It includes extensive explanation of the Summary of Functional Performance (Washington's child outcomes summary form), which includes the selection of an outcomes descriptor statement for child outcomes measurement.
  • PDF: Summary of Functional Performance example: This is an example of a completed Summary of Functional Performance, which is Washington's child outcomes summary form embedded in their current IFSP form. It includes questions that may be used as an activity in training.
  • ESIT Guiding Concepts, Guiding Concepts Technical Assistance Guide, and Video: These resources outline the mission, principles and outcomes of the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program in Washington:

Sample IFSPs and IEPs with Integrated Outcomes Measurement








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