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

B. Full Implemetation: Maintain Infrastructure for Data Collection and Monitoring

It is critical that structures be in place to provide information to providers and administrators about the implementation of the integrated IFSP/IEP and outcomes process. Monitoring activities will need to be in place to check for fidelity and to identify additional areas for professional development and technical assistance. Collecting data about the newly integrated process will ensure that practices are measured for effectiveness and desired outcomes are being achieved. Reports from data collection will ensure that there is continued review of practices in the integrated process and discussion about needed changes and/or improvements.

Activities:
  1. Develop or adapt monitoring systems to include the integrated IFSP/IEP and outcomes process and promote use by state and local administrators.
  2. Include fidelity measures in performance assessments and reporting processes to ensure practices continue to be implemented and used as intended.
  3. Ensure that data systems are in place and/or are adapted so that they include specific information about the IFSP or IEP and the child outcomes measurement. Create various reporting capabilities to share information with local programs about their practices and outcomes on a regular basis.
  4. Gather data collected and information received through the feedback loops to make decisions about local, regional and/or state program improvements.
  5. Review and update policies and procedures as needed to reflect the integrated process at the state, regional and local levels.
  6. Update the implementation plan as steps are achieved to track the progress made.

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  • EDIS IFSP-PD Handbook (June 2013): This handbook serves as the manual for IFSP completion for the Army Educational and Developmental Intervention Services program. The child outcomes are integrated into the IFSP in this program, and the guide includes expected practices and specific instructions for the process and completion of the form. Information specific to outcomes within the IFSP is located on pages 50-57 of the handbook.
    http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/implementingintegrated/IFSP_PD_Handbook_12 June_2013.pdf
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