4. Fidelity Monitoring*

Jane Timmons-Mitchell, Ph.D. explains the Wraparound Fidelity Index Short Form (WFI-EZ) forms and how they ensure fidelity for Wraparound clients and their families in an atmosphere of inclusion and understanding – Presented by OHIOMHAS and the CIP

The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) offers three recorded sessions of an ENGAGE Webinar on Fidelity Monitoring Using the Wraparound Fidelity Monitoring Index Short Form (WFI-EZ), hosted by Begun Center Senior Research Associate Jane Timmons-Mitchell, Ph.D., presented in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) .


The webinar included a Powerpoint presentation (linked below) providing an overview along with PDFs of document forms and how to complete them.

ENGAGE Webinar | Fidelity Monitoring and the Wraparound Fidelity Index (WFI-EZ) Begun CIP
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Three webinars were scheduled, the best of which was the third, which encompassed a lot of what was discussed during the first two. The link to it is provided below.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. | Click Here to View February 26 – 3:00 p.m. Session |

Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging individuals with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.

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Dr. Timmons-Mitchell is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences where she teaches a graduate course on Practice Evaluation, showing students how to design evaluation for evidence based practice implementation.

Jane’s work involves researching and disseminating evidence-based practices for children, youth, and families and she directs Begun projects such as an evaluation of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation SAMHSA grant, fidelity monitoring for the Ohio Department of Youth Services Targeted Reclaim and Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care evidence-based practices.
Below are the PDFs of documents that were addressed during the webinar. Below that is the Powerpoint that accompanied Jane’s presentation.


WFI-EZ Script http://msass14.case.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WFI-EZwebinar_script.pdf

WIFI-EZ Caregiver Consent Form http://msass14.case.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WFI-EZwebinar_caregiverconsent_stamped.pdf
Caregiver Form http://msass14.case.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WFI-EZwebinar_caregiverform.pdf

Youth Assent Form http://msass14.case.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WFI-EZwebinar_youthassent_stamped.pdf
Youth Form http://msass14.case.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WFI-EZwebinar_youthform.pdf

Facilitator Consent Form http://msass14.case.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WFI-EZwebinar_facilitatorconsent_stamped.pdf

Facilitator Form http://msass14.case.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WFI-EZwebinar_facilitatorform.pdf
Manual http://msass14.case.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WFI-EZ-Manual-FINAL_09-17-2013.pdf

What is WIFI-EZ?
The WFI-EZ is a straightforward measure of wraparound implementation that can be self-administered or completed via interview. Any site interested in collecting fidelity information in adherence to the wraparound practice model and principles is eligible to use the WFI-EZ.

In order to reduce burden to staff, team members, youth and families; increase consistency of data collection method; increase consistency, and reduce response bias, WERT recommends that the WFI-EZ be self-administered wherever possible. That said, the WFI-EZ can also be administered via interview, either for all respondents, or for those for whom reading comprehension is very low. However, we recommend that the administration method is as consistent as possible within an evaluation.1 Where interviewing is used, researchers, evaluators, family members, students – even youths (with adequate training and supervision) – can conduct interviews.

WFI-EZ data can be used for quality assurance, program evaluation, or research purposes. When respondents are informed that their facilitator/staff person may see results, it could also be used for data-informed directive supervision. Regardless of its use, proper interpretation of WFI-EZ results requires familiarity with some research theory and methodology. For more information on interpretation of the WrapTrack data reports and exports, please refer to the WrapTrack User’s Manual for Local Users.