The figure below captures the cyclical nature of efforts to improve early identification and referral, a process that starts with use of the Early Identification and Referral Self-Assessment Guide. Change does not occur as the result of a one-time activity. It involves a series of steps that must be repeated periodically, especially if you see a drop-off in the number of infants and toddlers being referred to your project.
A drop off may happen for a number of reasons. It may mean that a different system needs to be targeted. Or perhaps there has been considerable turnover within a system, and relationships and agreements need to be reestablished. It may also indicate that you are focusing on under-identification when you should be focusing on under-referral or vice versa. It's important to keep revisiting your Self-Assessment Guide report and action plan.
- Step 1: Use the Self-Assessment Guide (Exploration Phase)
- Step 2: Plan for Change (Preparation Phase)
- Step 3: Implement Change (Initial Implementation Phase)
- Step 4: Evaluate & Plan for Sustainability (Full Implementation Phase)