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

C. Installation: Build an Implementation Team

In this step, your state leadership team will start to identify and secure the leadership of the teams that will form the initial implementation teams. These teams will consist of individuals from local and/or regional programs who will “try out” the integrated outcomes and IFSP/IEP process. The individuals on the teams should be representative of your state and could include those that have experience with or have shown high levels of interest in integrating outcomes with the IFSP/IEP.

Activities:
  1. Select the membership of the implementation team. Consider perspectives needed in order to get a full picture of the integrated outcomes and IFSP/IEP process, including families, providers, data managers, administrators, etc. Invite those whose roles and responsibilities provide the information needed to fully implement an integrated process.
  2. Select the implementation team leaders to work with and be the liaison between the state leadership team and the implementation team.
  3. Schedule regular meetings of the implementation team. Determine frequency, duration and location of meetings needed in order for members to feel fully informed and supported throughout the process.
  4. Establish clear roles and responsibilities for the team. Create clear expectations for the team during the installation stage, as well as in the upcoming initial implementation stage. This may include attendance and participation in the regular meetings, feedback mechanisms and information requested, etc.
  5. Determine the resources and skills of the implementation team to make the change to an integrated process happen; use this information to determine what additional information and supports will be needed for success.

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