Now that you have practiced applying teaming and collaboration practices, let’s take a step back and consider why and how you can gather and use the information to determine the following:

1) Did you implement teaming and collaboration practices the way they were intended?

You can use the following checklists as a self-reflection tool or with a mentor (e.g., program director, program coach, faculty), or with a larger team to discuss and reflect on the extent to which you implemented strategies that are in line with the DEC Recommended Practices on teaming and collaboration.


2) How do you know if the change has resulted in an improvement in team functioning?

Gathering information over multiple points of time will help you determine if your changes in practice have promoted positive team functioning.

3) What worked well and what didn’t? What changes can you make to improve using teaming and collaboration practices?

Review all the assessment information you have gathered and reflect and note what worked well and what didn’t. What areas of your practice can you improve to bring about better child and family outcomes? You can work with your mentor or with the child’s family to make changes to your practice. You may use the following tool to reflect on your practice:

Study Tips and Considerations (Adapted from Step 5: Evaluation, CONNECT Modules)

  • Use multiple sources of information (family, teachers)
  • Use multiple methods of gathering information (checklists, observation forms, formative assessments).
  • Gather information over multiple points of time
  • Involve the entire team—including the family—in planning, conducting, and interpreting information.
  • Use information to improve your teaming and collaboration practices