Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

ECTA Center Resources for 2015 IDC Interactive Institutes on High-Quality Data & the SSIP

Logo: IDEA Data Center (IDC) IDC Interactive Institutes on High-Quality Data & the SSIP
  • Albuquerque, NM: April 29-30, 2015
  • Jacksonville, FL: May 12-13, 2015
  • Chicago, IL: May 27-28, 2015

The following resources have been compiled by the ECTA Center for the WWW: IDC Interactive Institutes on High-Quality Data & the SSIP occurring Spring 2015. It is available for download below as a .ZIP package or as individual file downloads from the table. The package contains Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word and URL files.

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(package updated April 22, 2015)
Individual Contents of the Package
Cover/Preview Title & Link Intended Audience Description
Cover Image Getting Ready for Phase II of the SSIP State Part C and Part B/619 Administrators

This is an online streaming presentation that provides an overview to Phase II of the SSIP. The presentation covers the key requirements of Phase II of the SSIP, how implementation science principles might be used in developing an implementation plan, understanding what constitutes a good improvement plan, and introduces that concept of evaluating the SSIP.

(44 minutes, requires Adobe Flash, see Adobe Presenter help)

Cover Image Evaluating the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) State Part C and Part B/619 Administrators

This is an online streaming presentation that provides an introduction to evaluating the SSIP in Phase II. The presentation covers the importance of building evaluation into the SSIP from the beginning, the use of data and the state’s theory of action for designing the evaluation, and the use of formative and summative evaluation for decision making and for demonstrating progress.

(44 minutes, requires Adobe Flash, see Adobe Presenter help)

Cover Image PDF: Planning, Conducting, and Documenting Data Analysis for Program Improvement State Part C and 619 Coordinators and TA providers

This document was developed to help technical assistance (TA) providers and state staff in planning, conducting, and documenting data analysis for program improvement. The intended audiences include state staff and national, state, and local TA providers who are involved in the data analysis for program improvement, including all Phases of the SSIP as an example. This tool is designed to help states (a) define and limit the scope of data analysis for program improvement efforts; (b) develop a plan for data analysis; (c) document alternative hypotheses and additional analyses as they are generated; and (d) summarize the findings and document the results and location of the output from completed analyses.

Cover Image PDF: Quick Reference Guide: Working with Stakeholders to Identify Potential Improvement Strategies for Program Improvement (Including the SSIP) State Part C and Part B/619 Administrators

This quick reference guide is designed to assist states in understanding what information needs to be available in order for stakeholders to assist in selecting potential improvement strategies that will increase capacity of LEAs, EIS programs, and practitioners to improve results for infants, toddlers and their families or for young children with disabilities. This guide can be used for program improvement as well as for developing the SSIP.

Cover Image ECTA System Framework State administrators/State teams

The purpose of the ECTA System Framework is to guide state Part C and Section 619 Coordinators and their staff in: (1) evaluating their current systems; (2) identifying potential areas for improvement, and; (3) developing more effective, efficient systems that support implementation of evidence-based practices. The Framework is organized around six interrelated components: Governance (GV); Finance (FN); Personnel/Workforce (PN); Data System (DS); Accountability & Quality Improvement (AC), and; Quality Standards (QS). Each component contains a set of subcomponents that identify key areas of content within the component. Each subcomponent contains a set of quality indicators that specify what needs to be in place to support a high-quality Part C/Section 619 system. The ECTA System Framework can help states analyze their state infrastructure to identify and plan for supports needed to effectively implement and scale-up evidence based practices for the SSIP. The ECTA System Framework can also support states in showing progress as they make improvements to their infrastructure.

Cover Image PDF: Planning Guide to Statewide Implementation, Scale-up, and Sustainability of Recommended Practices State administrators/State Leadership Teams

This is a guide for implementing widespread use of evidence-based practices for improving the outcomes for young children with or at-risk for delays or disabilities and their families. For our purposes, the evidence-based practices are selected practices from the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices. The Guide is written for statewide systems change, although it could be used for regions within a state or even for a large metropolitan area, as long as the administrative authority enables the necessary policy statements and resource allocations. The Guide is written for use by a cross-agency team whose purpose is to provide resources, guidance, and coordination for the systems-change effort. This Guide can be used to support states in developing, planning, and implementing the SSIP.

Cover Image PDF: State Benchmarks of Quality State administrators/State Leadership Teams

The State Benchmarks of Quality is used by a collaborative State Leadership Team (SLT) to assess progress and plan future actions so that Recommended Practices (RPs) are available for providers and families statewide. The Benchmarks are grounded in the science of implementation which bridges the gap between an evidence-based practice (EBP) and the actual high-fidelity implementation of that practice. Implementation has several stages beginning with assessing needs and exploring which EBPs to implement. The State Benchmarks of Quality might be used when developing and implementing the SSIP. This tool supports states in assessing what is needed to successfully implement Recommended Practices. This tool may also be used to help states to track progress on the stages of implementation.

Cover Image PDF: Benchmarks of Quality for Classroom-Based Programs State and Local program administrators

The Benchmarks of Quality for Classroom-Based Programs is used by a collaborative Local Program Leadership Teams to assess progress and plan future actions related to implementation of recommended practices. The data are used for internal decision making (such as identifying professional development objectives) and for sharing with the State Leadership Team so that the state can provided needed infrastructure supports related to implementation of recommended practices. The Benchmarks of Quality for Classroom-Based Programs might be used when developing and implementing the SSIP. This tool supports states in assessing what is needed to successfully implement Recommended Practices within classroom-based programs. This tool can also be used to help states to track progress on the stages of implementation.

Cover Image PDF: Benchmarks of Quality for Home-Visiting Programs State and Local program administrators

The Benchmarks of Quality for Home-Visiting Programs is used by a collaborative Local Program Leadership Teams to assess progress and plan future actions related to implementation of recommended practices. The data are used for internal decision making (such as identifying professional development objectives) and for sharing with the State Leadership Team so that the state can provided needed infrastructure supports related to implementation of recommended practices. The Benchmarks of Quality for Home-Visiting Programs might be used when developing and implementing the SSIP. This tool supports states in assessing what is needed to successfully implement Recommended Practices within home-visiting programs. This tool can also be used to help states to track progress on the stages of implementation.

Cover Image DOC: Scale for Assessing State Implementation of a Child Outcomes Measurement System State administrators/State teams

To assist states in developing a child outcomes measurement system (COMS), a framework was developed that identified seven key components of a high quality COMS. A companion self-assessment tool provides a quantitative scale for determining the current status of a state’s COMS on 18 quality indicators. With the self-assessment, a state can 1) evaluate its current COMS, 2) identify areas in need of improvement, and 3) provide direction on how to improve the system. This tool is designed to be used by state agencies to assess progress toward full implementation of COMS for programs serving young children with delays and disabilities. It can be used to support states in evaluating and improving their COMS for the SSIP.

Cover Image A Guide to the Implementation Process: Stages, Steps and Activities State and Local program administrators/Leadership Teams

A Guide to the Implementation Process: Stages, Steps and Activities supports states in effectively implementing evidence based practices to improve outcomes. This Guide provides an overview of the stages of implementation, along with the drivers and organizational supports that lead to successful implementation of evidence based practices. This Guide is based on a review of the literature of implementation science and the collective experiences of federally funded national centers in conducting state-wide system change initiatives. It can be used to support states in developing and implementing the SSIP.

Cover Image PDF: Considerations for Implementing Systemic Change State and Local program administrators/Leadership Teams

The Considerations for Implementing Systemic Change can be used by individuals planning, or in the process of making improvements to the service system. This document provides questions a group should think about and answer for their specific long-term system change initiative. Groups will be more efficient and effective when guided by stages, steps, and activities as presented. This document can also be helpful when developing and implementing the SSIP.

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