Wraparound Discussions

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SCENARIO: BECOMING A COLLABORATOR

March 20, 2015 | anh118@uw.edu

COMMENT:

A community is interested in learning more about the WFI-EZ.

RESPONSE:

The WFI-EZ is a self-administered survey which can be completed on paper on online, and usually takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Respondents answer questions in 3 categories: 1) Experience in Wraparound (25 items), 2) Outcomes (8 items), and 3) Satisfaction (4 items). Licensing the WFI-EZ also allows access to WrapTrack, an online data entry and reporting system. WrapTrack permits data to be entered and stored into a HIPAA-compliant manner, and generates reports on demographic information, fidelity scores, and more.

Please take some time to review our website, http://depts.washington.edu/wrapeval/wfiez_colab.html, which has information about the tool, fees for use, sample reports, collaboration steps, and more. For more specific inquiries, you may contact wrapeval@uw.edu.

QUESTIONS FOR THE LEARNING COLLABORATIVE:

  1. For those who use the WFI-EZ, can you share your comments about how the tool works for your organization or community?
  2. How beneficial are the Outcomes and Satisfaction items on the WFI-EZ? How has your site utilized that feedback?

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SCENARIO: TRANSITION PHASE

February 25, 2015 | hquick@uw.edu

COMMENT:

A community asked about when is the best time to get accurate data for the Transition phase questions on the WFI-4.

RESPONSE:

An interviewer must wait a minimum of 60-90 days to complete the interview. The transition questions should be able to be answered after that timeframe. Based on the WFI-4 manual, it says “focus on transition activities is most apparent during the latter portions of the Wraparound process; however, attention to transition issues begins with the earliest activities in a Wraparound process.” Meaning, this discussion should occur during the beginning conversations with a family and team, while recognizing that the majority of the work might not occur until just before transition out of formal Wraparound.

When scoring the WFI-4, please keep in mind the following statement: “Items in this section may be difficult for some respondents, especially if the family has not been involved in Wraparound for more than a few months. If this is the case, scores of ‘666’ or Not Applicable may be appropriate for many items.”

QUESTIONS FOR THE LEARNING COLLABORATIVE:

  1. How can a provider agency ensure the Transition discussion is happening early in the process?
  2. What would you do if all Transition questions are answered N/A?
  3. If your organization or community has lower scores in the Transition Phase, what are some steps you have taken to improve that part of the Wraparound process?
  4. Does your site have a specific time-frame in which WFI-4 interviews are completed? E.g., at 3 months, 6 months, etc.

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Welcome to WERT’s Collaborative Learning Community!

February 5, 2015 | John Ossowski

This community discussion is run by the University of Washington’s Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT). WERT seeks to improve the lives of children and their families through research on the implementation and outcomes of the Wraparound process. For more information about WERT, please visit: http://depts.washington.edu/wrapeval/index.html

We hope to establish a community where members share experience with the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS) tools, track and report on whether or not data collection techniques have worked, examine strategies that may be effective, and act as a support network for the 60+ collaborating sites. To learn more about the WFAS, please visit: http://depts.washington.edu/wrapeval/WFI.html

We will be posting “scenarios” that include common questions WERT receives, give our input, and then ask for your feedback and experiences to elaborate. Every so often, we will also provide members with “WrapTrack Tips” that will include helpful information for the online data entry and reporting system regarding updates or new features. Collaborators will have the opportunity to comment on our posts, as well as initiate follow-up questions or ideas for discussion.

We are very excited to initiate this process, and look forward to hearing from you!

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