ECO Resources: 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. NECTAC and the ECO Center are working to support states who are making changes to their systems and materials to integrate these two processes. This page highlights materials and resources that may be of interest and use to other states and programs.
This learning community was formed around integrating their IFSP/IEP development and outcomes measurement approaches. The purpose of the learning community is to bring together states and local programs to explore issues, develop guidance, and share tools and materials that support an integrated approach. For more information, please see our learning communities page or contact Kathi Gillaspy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month; for more information see the Upcoming Events page; click here for the 2013 draft agenda. If you are already a member of the IFSP-IEP Integration Learning Community, visit http://eco-lc.fpg.unc.edu/ to log in to the member site.
The following video presentation provides an overview to the IFSP-IEP integration processes across work with ECO, NECTAC, and a number of early childhood professionals interested in these processes, in addition to highlighting recent work.
- Watch the Introduction to IFSP/IEP integration video (17 minutes)- November 30, 2011
- PowerPoint Presentation with script
The IFSP/IEP-Outcomes Integration Think Tank, co-sponsored by NECTAC and ECO, was held March 15-16, 2010 in Chapel Hill. The purpose of the think tank was to begin the discussion about ways to integrate IFSP and IEP processes with the child outcomes measurement process.
Additional materials generated by the Think Tank may be found on the Resources and Tools tab at the top of the page.
Key Considerations for Implementation
An Interactive Guide to Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process
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.
Overview: Key Considerations for Implementing an Integrated Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process
In this presentation to the Integrating Outcomes Learning Community, NECTAC staff discuss the steps to take in considering and adopting a plan for integrating outcomes into the IFSP/IEP process. See the presentation and listen to the call at https://unc-fpg-cdi.adobeconnect.com/implementoverview/.
Stage One: Exploration Stage Activities for Implementing an Integrated Outcomes and IFSP/IEP ProcessIn this presentation to the Integrating Outcomes Learning Community, ECO, ECTA Center and WRRC staff discuss the five key activities of the Exploration Stage of implementation as they relate to creating an integrated process. See the presentation and listen to the call at https://unc-fpg-cdi.adobeconnect.com/ioexploration/.
Stage Two: Installation Stage Activities for Implementing an Integrated Outcomes and IFSP/IEP ProcessIn this presentation to the Integrating Outcomes Learning Community, ECO, ECTA Center and WRRC staff discuss the six key activities of the Installation Stage of implementation as they relate to creating an integrated process. See the presentation and listen to the call at https://unc-fpg-cdi.adobeconnect.com/ioinstallation/.
Stage Three: Initial Implementation Stage Activities for Implementing an Integrated Outcomes and IFSP/IEP ProcessIn this presentation to the Integrating Outcomes Learning Community, ECO, ECTA Center and WRRC staff discuss the six key activities of the Initial Implementation Stage of implementation as they relate to creating an integrated process. See the presentation and listen to the call at https://unc-fpg-cdi.adobeconnect.com/initialimplementation/.
Stage Four: Full Implementation StageIn this presentation to the Integrating Outcomes Learning Community, ECO, ECTA Center and WRRC staff discuss the five key activities of the Full Implementation Stage of implementation as they relate to creating an integrated process. See the presentation and listen to the call at http://unc-fpg-cdi.adobeconnect.com/fullimplementation/.
Flow Charts and Activities
IFSP-IEP Integration Flow Charts & Activities
The following flow charts show where opportunities to collect functional information for child outcomes measurement may be integrated throughout the IFSP or IEP process.
NECTAC and ECO staff created program-specific variations on these generic flow charts based on interviews with key state and local Part C and Section 619 staff.
- West Virginia Part C Flow Chart
- Department of Defense Part C Flow Chart
- Valley View, Illinois- Early Childhood Center, 619
- Maryland 3 EC Outcomes into IFSP Process Flow Chart
- Washington IFSP and Outcomes Measurement Process
The following worksheet was created by technical assistance providers in Kansas, as an adaptation to a slide presented in "Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals: A Training Package," available at http://www.ectacenter.org/knowledgepath/ifspoutcomes-iepgoals/ifspoutcomes-iepgoals.asp. It is a tool that may be used in early discussions about integrating outcomes into the IFSP/IEP to help programs identify where they are already using assessment information for both the child outcomes rating and for IFSP and IEP decisions.
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').
- Integrating Child Outcomes Measurement into an Effective IFSP Process- revised March 2012. This document was based upon the NECTAC document "Agreed Upon Practices for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments". There is also a version of this document which has outcomes measurement activities highlighted in red text: http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/eco/SelfAssessment_IFSP_practices-updated 12-2012.pdf.
- Integrating Child Outcomes Measurement with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process: Implementation Rating Scale. This document was initially drafted as a result of the May 2010 Think Tank* was revised for the July 2010 outcomes conference, and updated in 2013 to be based upon the NECTAC document "Key Practices Underlying the IEP Proccess: Supporting Family Participation, Inclusive Practices and Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities".
- NECTAC and ECO staff developed summary worksheets to facilitate a team discussion of the extent to which its program is integrating IFSP/IEP and outcomes processes:
The tools and materials presented here are still in 'draft' form and would be benefit from further piloting and feedback. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Developing High Quality IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals Training Package
This product was developed collaboratively with staff from NECTAC, WRRC and ECO in response to the need expressed from state and local providers to have specific information and resources about developing IFSP outcomes and IEP goals. The training package includes:
- A comprehensive Power Point presentation
- Trainer script and presentation notes
Content about integrating the global child and family outcomes into the IFSP/IEP process is included in two sections of the training package. 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.
Training Package Link: http://www.ectacenter.org/knowledgepath/ifspoutcomes-iepgoals/ifspoutcomes-iepgoals.asp
Introduction to IDEA Part C: Three Interactive ModulesThese three modules were developed for the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers Program in the Department of Early Learning by the Washington Systems Improvement Project Team in 2011. The purpose of the modules was to provide information and resources to the field to support the implementation of new procedures and practices, including the integration of the child outcomes measurement into the IFSP process. There are three modules:
- Foundations of Early Intervention
- Initial and Ongoing Functional Assessment
- Developing Initial and Continuing Individualized Family Service Plans
Information about integrating child outcomes into the IFSP process is included in each of the topics within each module. Each module includes voice-over-presentation materials with all accompanying handouts, resources and activities. They are designed to be self-paced so that learners may decide how much time is spent on each topic. Each module contains activities that check knowledge and encourage self-reflection on current practices. Each module also contains capstone activities to be completed at the end of all topics.
The following documents were created by states to support the integration of the child outcomes measurement into the IFSP or IEP process.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kansas Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Guidance Document: This document was created to provide instruction and resources for providers’ use of the newly implemented state IFSP form. The new form includes the integrated child outcomes measurement. The document includes example IFSPs.
- Kansas IFSPolooza: This training was held in March of 2013 to prepare providers for a new statewide IFSP that includes the child outcomes measurement.
- 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.
- Maryland Integration Graphic: This visual was created to help the field understand the integration process of child outcomes measurement into the Maryland IFSP.
- 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.
- COS Ratings and Maryland Descriptors with Buckets: This document is Maryland's customized version of the descriptor statements and bucket list.
- 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.
- Healthy Beginnings: This document contains the Maryland early learning standards and is organized and crosswalked by the 3 child outcome areas.
- Presentation on IEP Training: This presentation introduced the newly developed Essential Early Education (EEE) IEP, that includes the child outcomes measurement.
- IEP for EEE Training Workbook: This resource walks through instructions for each page of the Vermont Essential Early Education (preschool) IEP, which includes the ntegrated outcomes measurement.
- 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.
- Virginia Practice Manual, Chapter 7- IFSP Development: This chapter of Virginia’s Practice Manual provides information and instructions for completing the IFSP, which includes integrated outcomes measurement.
- 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.
- 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.
- July 2013 IFSP and Practice Manual Revisions: This webinar introduced the new Virginia IFSP with the outcomes integrated into the form, as well as new guidance and materials for the field.
- 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.
- 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.
- Summary of Functional Performance Trainer Notes: This document provides prompts for trainers when using the Summary of Functional Performance Example as a training activity.
- ESIT Guiding Concepts: This document outlines the mission, principles and outcomes of the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program in Washington.
- ESIT Guiding Concepts Technical Assistance Guide: This document contains information for providers in Washington State about the Guiding Concepts, including how and why they were developed and how they may be used.
- ESIT Guiding Concepts Video: This video explains the Guiding Concepts of the ESIT programs to families and others.
- At-a-Glance Decision Tree: This document provides the resources for making the rating decision for the Summary of Functional Performance within Washington's IFSP.
- ECO Note-taking document and prompts: This document provides space for teams to summarize information from family report and observation, provider report and observation and structured evaluation and assessment by the three outcomes. It includes prompts for discussions for consideration of skills across settings and situations.
Sample IFSPs and IEPs
Sample IFSPs and IEPs
Educational & Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS)
- Outcome 1 IEP goal page- annual goal only (adjust for the number of outcome)
- Outcome 2 IEP goal page- annual goal only (adjust for the number of outcome)
- Outcome 3 IEP goal page- annual goal only (adjust for the number of outcome)
- Outcome 1 IEP goal page- annual goal with benchmarks
- Outcome 2 IEP goal page- annual goal with benchmarks
- Outcome 3 IEP goal page- annual goal with benchmarks
- Exit Child Outcomes Summary
- Illinois IFSP form: This document is a portion of the Illinois IFSP that includes the child outcomes measurement. Illinois has embedded the child outcomes summary ratings into its IFSP since the inception of child outcomes. The child outcomes questions are listed in the IFSP as questions 8, 9, & 10 and follow a review of health information and present levels of development in each domain. It is hoped that by reviewing the present levels of development, teams will have the information they need in order to determine to what extent the child is demonstrating age expected development in each of the three outcome areas.
- Kansas Sample IFSPs: This site provides seven examples of completed IFSPs for Kansas part C providers.
- Washington Updated IFSP Form (including new regs)
- Washington IFSP: Alex Examplar
- Washington IFSP: Kim Examplar
2012 IDEA Leadership Conference presentation: Key Considerations for Implementing the Integration of Child Outcomes Measurement into the IFSP/IEP Process
This presentation from the 2012 IDEA Leadership Conference included a facilitated discussion of key considerations for integrating the early childhood outcomes measurement into the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)/Individualized Educational Program (IEP) process. A panel of Part C and Section 619 program representatives, all in different stages of integrating outcomes, provided information and resources related to their experiences with the integration process. See the presentation at Integration of Child Outcomes Measurement into the IFSP/IEP Process.
Resources from the 2012 Measuring and Improving Child and Family Outcomes Conference
Two sessions at the 2012 Outcomes Conference (Minneapolis, MN) highlighted resources related to linking outcomes and IFSP/IEP development. Materials are posted on the conference website by session.
Taking the Plunge: First Steps to Integrating Child Outcomes into the IFSP/IEP Process. In this session, presenters from 3 states shared their beginning steps of implementing an integrated child outcomes IFSP/IEP process. Processes and resources were shared using the first two implementation stages (exploration and installation) as a framework.
Presenters: Anne Brager, Kathi Gillaspy, Sandi Harrington, Kate Rogers, Dana Romary, and Megan Vinh
- Child Indicator Guiding Questions
- Determining The Status of Infant/Toddler Development
- Early Implementers Assessment/Planning Tool
- Essential Early Education IEP Options
- Ex. 2 Child Outcomes Self Assessment
- Ex. 3 County Child Correction Error List Template
- EX.1 Child Outcomes Logic Model
- Feedback Form for Proposed EEE IEP
- IEP for EEE Traning Workbook
- IEP Form
- Taking the Plunge: First Steps to Integrating Child Outcomes
- Team Participation in Early Implementation Calls
- Virginia Integrated IFSP
- Virginia Quality Practices
- Wisconsin IFSP
Inquiring Families Want to Know: Engaging Families in the Outcomes Rating Process. In this session, 4 state presenters shared the critical nature that information gathered from families has in the child outcomes rating process. Resources and materials developed to support providers and parents to participate in partnership to complete the rating were shared.
Presenters: Jennifer Barrett Zitkus, Shannon Dunstan, Kathi Gillaspy, Pam Miller, Judy Swett, and Jennifer Zielinski
Resources from the 2011 Measuring and Improving Child and Family Outcomes Conference
Several sessions at the 2011 Outcomes Conference (New Orleans, LA) highlighted materials related to linking outcomes and IFSP/IEP development. Materials are posted on the conference webpage by session.
Integrating Outcomes Measurement with IFSP and IEP Processes. In this concurrent session, presenters from several states shared examples of the flow of activities used in their states and programs, and provided examples of related materials.
Presenters: Marcella Franczkowski (Maryland), Sharon Ringwalt (NECTAC), Kate Rogers (Vermont) and Karen Walker (Washington)
- Conference materials from this session (Monday 3:15-4:30 pm)
Post-conference workshop: Integrating Outcomes Measurement with IFSP and IEP Processes. In this 3 hour workshop, states shared tools and resources they have used to link child outcome measurement with functional assessment conducted for IFSP/IEP development and developing meaningful IFSP outcomes/IEP goals. Participants used materials and strategies to help analyze their state’s activities, and discussed how best to implement an integrated approach.
Presenters: Lauren Barton (ECO), Kathi Gillaspy (NECTAC), Kathy Hebbeler (ECO), Pam Miller (Maryland), Mary Louise Peters (NECTAC), Kate Rogers (Vermont), Robin Rooney (ECO/NECTAC), and Karen Walker (Washington)
- Conference materials from this session (Wednesday 1-4 pm)
Integration Featured at the 2010 Outcomes Conference
Several programs presented their integrated approaches at the 'Measuring Child and Family Outcomes' conference held July 30-31, 2010 in Arlington, VA. Presenters, their PPT slide presentations, and the materials they shared at the conference are available on the conference website.
Relationship of Quality Practices to Child and Family Outcome Measurement Results
This document will assist states in identifying ways to improve results for children and families participating in Part C early intervention services through implementation of quality practices. Key practices were selected from the Agreed Upon Practices for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments as well as the Personnel Standards for Early Education and Early Intervention: Guidelines for Licensure in Early Childhood Special Education (DEC Recommended Practices). Although all quality practices identified in these two documents potentially impact child and family outcomes, only key quality practices that either have the most direct impact on the specific outcomes or have a lesser, yet still direct impact on specific outcomes are included. The appendices of the document include various ways in which the table may be used.