FIPP develops resources to improve practitioner alignment with evidence-based practices. Fidelity tools are checklists and supporting materials for administrators and practitioners to evaluate or self-evaluate adherence to evidence-based practices. Implementation tools are resources for practitioners to promote utilization of evidence-based early intervention practices. For information about using FIPP Implementation tools, or to arrange for training with a specific tool, contact Sarah Sexton. Click on one of the inks below to view the FIPP-developed fidelity measure, implementation tools, and infographics.

FIPP develops fidelity tools and to assist early intervention supervisors, administrators, and mentors collect systematic data about practitioner alignment with evidence-based practices. Fidelity tools are aligned with current research on evidence-based early intervention practices and easy to use. For information about using FIPP fidelity tools, contact Sarah Sexton.

Fidelity-in-Practice—Early Intervention (FIP-EI)
A set of practice checklists along with guidance for determining the presence or absence of the practice indicators on each checklist. The FIP-EI includes practice indicators of key characteristics of multiple evidence-based practices in early childhood intervention including: (a) Coaching Practices, (b) Natural Learning Environment Practices, and (c) Resource-Based Practices.  Each checklist includes ten individual indicators that describe key aspects of each evidence-based practice area. 

Fidelity-in-Practice—Primary Service Provider /FIP-PSP)
A set of practice checklists along with guidance for determining the presence or absence of the practice indicators on each checklist. The FIP-PSP includes practice indicators of key characteristics and implementation conditions of a primary service provider approach to teaming, including: (a) Implementing a PSP approach to teaming, (b) team meeting operations, and (c) joint visiting. Each checklist includes individual indicators that describe key aspects of each evidence-based practice area.

Fidelity-in-Practice—Mentor Coach (FIP-MC)
A practice checklist along with guidance for determining the presence or absence of the practice indicators. The FIP-MC assesses the use of a capacity-building coaching interaction style while coaching a practitioner towards fidelity. The FIP-MC is part of the Fidelity Coach Toolkit and is used by coaches and leaders who have completed the Early Intervention Fidelity Coach Certification Institute. 

FIPP develops implementation tools and resources to assist early intervention practitioners use practices aligned with evidence-based early intervention and adult learning. The tools are intended to complement intensive training on a specific set of practices and enable participants to leave the training with support to enable the participant to immediately operationalize the training content. For information about using FIPP Implementation tools, contact Sarah Sexton (

Roadmap for Assessing Meaningful Participation (RAMP)
An assessment tool to assist parents and early intervention providers to identify and analyze interest-based opportunities to promote child development and functional participation prior to the development of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The Roadmaps in each section of the RAMP demonstrate an efficient manner in which to conduct a three-part conversation (gathering information, participation-based observation/assessment, and outcome development) using a coaching interaction style (Rush & Shelden, 2020). The coaching interaction style maximizes the potential that the interactions follow a systematic process and have a capacity-building effect on the parent.

Child Interest and Activity Plan (CIAP)
A step-by-step observation planning guide for early intervention/early childhood practitioners and families to use to promote child learning as a part of everyday activities and routines during a visit and between visits. The CIAP uses the characteristics of natural learning environment practices and a coaching interaction style to build parents’ capabilities during the visit. The CIAP guides the practitioner through the process of (1) following-up on the previous between visit family plan; (2) planning, practicing, and reflecting on the current visit’s focus activity or observation; and (3) the development of a new between-visit family plan and the plan for the next visit.

Newborn Interest, Activity, and Assessment Plan (NIAAP)
A step-by-step guide for early intervention/early childhood practitioners and families with newborns up to six months. The NIAAP supports parents with identifying infant cues regarding interests and needs during daily activities and assists parents with identifying how different responses affect infants during daily activities. The NIAAP includes Roadmaps to help practitioners anticipate the flow of a capacity-building conversation and worksheets to document information gathered during visits. 

HUGS Response Plan
A guide Intended to be used alongside other implementation tools from the Invite, Engage, Teach Series (RAMP, CIAP, and NIAAP). The HUGS Response Plan capitalizes on the responsive strategies parents and caregivers use to invite, engage, and teach children ages birth through five years while they are participating in everyday family activities and routines. The HUGS Response Plan provides supplementary parent/caregiver responsive strategies specifically targeted at calming challenging behaviors. The resources provided within the HUGS help practitioners use a coaching interact style to support families and caregivers with increasing responsive communication during everyday activities and routines at home, in the community, and in childcare settings to reduce behaviors that interfere with child participation. 

Family Resource Support Guide
A planning and documentation tool for assisting early intervention service coordinators to develop and support families through a strengths-based process of identifying priorities, developing plans, and building a family’s capacity to accomplish their goals. It operationalizes a coaching approach to helping families identify and meet their immediate and future priorities.

Roadmaps for Reflection: Child Learning Series
A guide for early childhood practitioners to help operationalize the use of a coaching interaction style to build the capacity of a parent, teacher, or other important caregiver to promote child learning and development as part of everyday activities. The Roadmaps included show how the flow of a coaching conversation could look during the use of natural learning environment practices.

Roadmaps for Reflection: Resouces & Support Series
A guide for early childhood practitioners to help operationalize the use of a coaching interaction style while providing family support. The Roadmaps included illustrate how practitioners might use capacity-building coaching characteristics to support families around a range of priorities, including material resources, health and wellness resources, and child developmental resources.

At-A-Glance Guides
One-page descriptions of the characteristics that define a practice or set of practices. At-A-Glance Guides include evidence-based practices, coaching, natural learning environment practices, and resource-based practices.

Worksheet for Selecting the Most Likely Primary Service Provider (PSP)
Used by a PSP team to make decisions about the most appropriate PSP for a family referred to an early intervention program. The worksheet includes prompts to discuss parent and family factors, child factors, environmental factors, and practitioner factors, and align them with the expertise and availability of PSP team members.

Joint Visit Planning Tool
Used by a primary service provider (PSP) and another team member who will be serving as a secondary service provider (SSP) to prepare for a joint visit with the PSP and family or other care provider(s). The tool is intended to help guide the conversation between the PSP and SSP to ensure that the SSP has the necessary information to prepare for the visit, reduce potential duplication of questions asked of and shared with the care providers, and ensure the interaction is focused on support the child and family within the content of everyday life.

Checklists for Providing Early Intervention Supports in Child Care Settings
A set of checklists to promote collaboration between the early intervention practitioner and the childcare provider receiving supports. Included is a checklist for providing supports and a checklist for receiving supports, both of which include a set of indicators that align with preparing supports, providing supports and planning follow-up supports.

Have just a minute or two to learn more about evidence-based early intervention practice? FIPP develops infographics, short videos, and montages to assist early intervention practitioners understand and implement evidence-based practices. These short products get straight to the point and can be used as training handouts or implementation guides for new or experienced practitioners.

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