Fidelity Resources

Monitoring fidelity is important throughout the data-based individualization (DBI) process. It is important to monitor the fidelity of implementation of the validated intervention program being used as the starting point for DBI in order to understand whether a student’s lack of response may be due to the intervention not being implemented as intended. Fidelity is also important to consider when collecting progress monitoring or diagnostic data. Ensuring the assessments were delivered as intended and decision rules were used systematically helps to ensure that we have faith in the quality of the data that we are using to adapt our interventions. Once we have adapted the intervention to include intensification strategies based on the student’s individual need, we need to be sure that we are delivering the intervention according to the student’s individual intervention plan. As we implement intensive interventions within our schools, we also want to be aware of whether we are delivering the process with fidelity. The resources below include tools, videos, and webinars related to monitoring fidelity.    

Tools & Tip Sheets

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

This log can be used by intervention providers or planning teams to review, document, and improve implementation of the data-based individualization (DBI) process for the group of students they serve. 

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

This log can be used as a daily and weekly record of your implementation of an individual student’s intensive intervention plan. This information, along with progress monitoring graphs, can inform team intervention and data review meetings. You may choose to supplement the logs with additional items or more detailed intervention notes.

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

Intensive intervention teams can use these checklists to monitor implementation of the data-based individualization (DBI) process during initial planning and ongoing review (progress monitoring) meetings. These detailed checklists may be most beneficial for less experienced teams. As teams become more familiar with DBI implementation, they may choose to use the checklists less frequently or focus on only a subset of items.

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

The DBI Implementation Rubric and the DBI Implementation Interview are intended to support monitoring of school-level implementation of data-based individualization (DBI). The rubric is based on the structure of the Center on Response to Intervention’s Integrity Rubric and is aligned with the essential components of DBI and the infrastructure that is necessary for successful implementation in Grades K–6. It describes levels of implementation on a 1–5 scale across DBI components. The rubric is accompanied by the DBI Implementation Interview which includes guiding questions that may be used for a self-assessment or structured interview of a school’s DBI leadership team.

Webinars

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention & National Center on Systemic Improvement

This webinar was co-hosted by the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) and NCII. In the webinar, presenters Drs. Chris Lemons, Chris-Riley-Tilman, Laura Kuchle and Sarah Arden, discussed the role of NCSI and NCII as their work align with the push towards Results Driven Accountability (RDA). Additionally, this webinar shared considerations for implementing intensive intervention within an MTSS framework and monitoring fidelity of implementation as a mechanism to improve outcomes for students with disabilities as part of RDA.  

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

This webinar, presented by Laura Magnuson, a technical assistance provider for NCII, provides an overview of the rationale and purpose for secondary or Tier II interventions.

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

This webinar presented by Dr. Lori Newcomer, provides an overview of the key features of behavioral support systems and walked through a “Needs Assessment” document that can be used in various ways (self-assessment, interview, ect.) to examine a school’s behavioral support system and target areas for improvement

Developed By:
National Center on Response to Intervention

In this webinar Dr. Rebecca Zumeta of the National Center on RTI and Mike Jacobsen, director of assessment in RTI in Washington state's White River School district, discuss how the NCRTI's implementation integrity rubric was used in Washington state to conduct an interview process that helped the state’s pilot sites evaluate their RTI implementation. The webinar highlights the rationale and purpose of this work, some prior efforts at evaluating pilot sites in the state, descriptions of the measurement tool that was developed, and the interview process in the reports that resulted.

Developed By:
National Center on Response to Intervention

This webinar, led by Dr. Daryl Mellard, provided background knowledge about fidelity and how it plays an integral role within the entire RTI framework at the school and classroom levels. The webinar included examples of how to assess fidelity, and discussed resources and tools that can be used for this purpose.

Presentations

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

NCII presented a special session at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2016 Annual Convention. Presenters included Drs. Laura Berry Kuchle, Christopher Lemons, Chris Riley-Tillman, and Lou Danielson.

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

NCII presented a strand at Center for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2015 Convention and Expo. The strand, How Can We Make Intensive Intervention Happen?  Considerations for Knowledge Development, Implementation, and Policy, address the range of issues schools and districts encounter as they attempt to implement intensive intervention—knowledge and skills, systems to support and evaluate implementation, and policy context. 

Videos

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

Watch and listen as Derrick Bushon, Director of Student Services for Swartz Creek Community Schools, discusses how his district took a systems approach to integrating DBI into schools.

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

Watch and Listen as Dr. Devin Kearns, an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Education Psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and NCII Trainer & Coach, discusses importance of consistency when selecting, administering, and scoring progress monitoring tools. 

Developed By:
National Center on Intensive Intervention

Watch and listen as Dr. Steve Goodman, Director of Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative, discusses considerations for ensuring that intensive interventions are implemented with fidelity.

Modules

Developed By:
IRIS Center

This series of interactive IRIS modules includes information for selecting, implementing, and monitoring evidence-based practices. 

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