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

F. Installation: Develop an Implementation Plan

Now that systems and supports have been changed to support the process, and an implementation team identified and trained, your state leadership team will develop a plan for the initial implementation (or “trying out”) of the integrated outcomes and IFSP/IEP process. This step involves setting dates and making specific plans for implementing the change, when feedback will be asked for and the types of feedback needed. The communication feedback loops will be checked for effectiveness and updated to ensure that information from the field about the integrated process continues to come to the state leadership team for review.

  1. As a team, develop an implementation plan that includes the following:
    1. A schedule of events for the initial implementation; consider dates for the beginning of initial implementation, the length of time the implementation teams wil "try on" the integrated process and give you feedback, dates for feedback, etc.;
    2. A plan to evaluate the newly integrated process that includes outputs, outcomes, measurement and review of evaluation information;
    3. Information about roles and responsibilities of the implementation teams and the state leadership team members in regard to implementing and supporting the newly integrated process;
    4. The key components of the training and TA to be provided, resources and infrastructure needed, and steps for sustainability of the integrated outcomes and IFSP/IEP process after initial implementation.
  2. Create specific opportunities for feedback, such as scheduled surveys, focus groups, written examples of new IFSPs or IEPs, etc.
  3. Schedule specific dates to review feedback and discuss future changes based on what is learned.
  4. Create specific opportunities to share back with the field the results of initial implementation, including changes made or not made (and reasons) based on feedback. Consider scheduling these activities throughout the initial implementation stage, rather than just at the end.
  5. Identify or develop a data system for collecting, analyzing, and reporting evaluation information gathered during implementation.


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