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

G. Moving on to Full Implementation

Photograph: An infant girl crawls in a sandbox. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

The next step in the implementation process is Full Implementation. In this stage, your state will move from having a select group of early implementers to having a high percentage of people in your state using the newly integrated IFSP/IEP and outcomes measurement process. Full implementation doesn’t mean that the job is done; it signals the beginning of statewide support and resources to ensure that the practices are being used as intended, the practices are resulting in the intended outcomes, and that long term implementation can be sustained.

Before you move on to Full Implementation, your State Leadership Team should consider the following questions:

  • What does our evaluation data tell us? What do we need to consider and/or adapt before we move forward?
  • How might our early implementers support our transition to Full Implementation (e.g. support with roll out, getting buy-in from others, sharing benefits, etc.)?
  • What is our plan for moving toward Full Implementation? Will we implement in stages, create transformation zones, or go to statewide implementation all at once?
  • What is our expectation and definition of full implementation? Is it 100% (or some other number) of our providers using an integrated process?
  • How do we ensure the same level of supports and resources given to early implementers will be given to those that will be engaging in the new practices in Full Implementation? What additional supports and resources might we need to move to Full Implementation?
  • During Full Implementation, how will we ensure that the integrated process is embedded into our state procedures, so that if leadership changes, the practices will stay in place?
  • What supports need to be in place to sustain the State Leadership Team?

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