Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

IFSP/IEP-Outcomes Integration

Photograph: A pair of preschool aged friends pose with a pair of toy binoculars. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

States and local programs are making child and family outcomes measurement more efficient and more effective by integrating those processes with IFSP and IEP development and implementation. The ECTA Center works to support states that are making changes to their systems and materials to integrate these two processes.

Background Information

The following video presentation provides an overview to the IFSP-IEP integration processes across work with The ECTA Center and a number of early childhood professionals interested in these processes.

Key Considerations for Implementation

An Interactive Guide to Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process

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The purpose of this interactive guide is to assist state, regional and local early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) providers to take the steps needed to integrate the child and family outcomes measurement with the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. It is designed to be a "place to start" when considering the multiple factors that go into creating an integrated process.

Flow Charts and Activities

The following charts were created by a workgroup of members of the Integrating Outcomes Learning Community to demonstrate how the activities involving outcomes measurement are accomplished in the IFSP/IEP process. Each chart includes steps from the flow charts (see below), activities to prepare for and implement each step, examples of processes and discussions, and national and state resources that relate to each step.

These flow charts show where opportunities to collect functional information for child outcomes measurement may be integrated throughout the IFSP or IEP process.

The following worksheets provide a series of questions for programs to use in discussing the overlap of outcomes work and IFSP/IFSP development. The worksheets are designed to be used with the corresponding generic flow charts, above.

The following documents describe in further detail when and how to collect information for child outcomes as part of IFSP and IEP processes. The documents also invite the reader to reflect upon the extent to which one's own program is integrating child outcomes measurement in each step of the IFSP or IEP (e.g. 'not implemented,' 'needs improvement' or 'implemented').

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