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Stepping-Up Implementation of IGDI Technology to Improve Data-based Decision Making for Infants and Toddlers with or at-risk for Disabilities

Buzhardt, J., (PI) Greenwood, C. (Co-PI), and Walker, D.(Co-PI)


USDE - Office of Special Education Programs


Brief Description: For the Stepping Up project, we will develop a science-based implementation framework with web-based tools needed to support large-scale implementation of Infant and Toddler Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs). These measures are short, six-minute observational assessments used for universal screening, progress monitoring, and informed decision making in the early childhood domains of language, literacy, social, problem solving, and movement. IGDIs provide the wide array of early childhood service providers (e.g., home visitors, early interventionists and child care personnel working in Part C or other programs) with tools used to identify children who need greater intensity of services, monitor individual children’s progress toward meaningful outcomes, and use data to drive intervention and program decision making and accountability. During the project the following resources will be developed to support scale-up and high fidelity implementation of IGDIs: IGDI Readiness Evaluation, a revised website and data system, a social networking presence, IGDI Web-based Implementation Advisor, protocol for implementation teams, a mobile IGDI app, and trainer of trainer professional development modules. Short-term outcomes include improved implementation of IGDIs for intervention decision making leading to wider adoption of IGDIs. Results will be an improved infrastructure supporting usability with links to state-wide longitudinal data systems. Long-term outcomes include fewer children needing special services, and a greater proportion of children equipped with the skills (language, literacy, social, and problem solving) for success in Pre-K-12.




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