Now that you have practiced applying family 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 family 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 family.
- Family Capacity-Building Practices Checklist
- Family-Centered Practices Checklist
- Family Engagement Practices Checklist
- Informed Family Decision-Making Practices Checklist
You may also gather information from families on how they feel about the services and support you are providing to them. Families may complete the following:
2) How do you know if the change has resulted in an improvement in family outcomes?
Gathering information over multiple points of time will help you determine if your changes in practice have promoted positive family outcomes.
3) What worked well and what didn’t? What changes can you make to improve using family 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 tools to reflect on your practice:
- Activity 5.2 Family – Self-Reflection Tool
- Beach Center on Disability Family and Professional Self-Assessment Guide
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 informatio.
- Use information to improve your family practices