Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process

D. Exploration: Conduct Public Awareness

Now that you've decided to move forward, this step creates the opportunity to prepare your system for the changes that will be needed in order to create an integrated outcomes and IFSP/IEP process. In all likelihood, you’ve been doing some level of public awareness all along; however, this step is a specific opportunity to create the communication feedback loops that will be in place throughout implementation of the integrated process. This will serve as the foundation for all future communication and feedback about the integrated processes, so it is critical that the message is clear and reflects the work done in steps A - D.

Activities:
  1. Ensure that your stakeholders understand the basis for integrating the outcomes and the IFSP/IEP process. Create introductory webinars, presentations and/or talking points to explain the changes to others.
  2. Use needs assessment to identify additional content areas or background information that is necessary to understand the change.
  3. Disseminate similar information to the field.
  4. Provide opportunities throughout initial communication for questions to be answered and communicated back out to the field.
  5. Ask for deliberate, specific input from the field. Consider multiple sources including stakeholders, state and local administrators, service providers and families.
  6. Consider the input received when moving on to the next stage. Consider communicating back to the field how their input was used.

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