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PbS Improvement Planning

Facility Improvement Plans

The PbS Facility Improvement Plan (FIP) is the vehicle for your PbS data to continuously bring about meaningful change. It bridges the gap between understanding and actions to improve the conditions of confinement at a facility, beginning with identifying the specific outcome measure(s) you want to improve:

You have the ability to track your progress towards your outcome goals, and receive scores based on your performance.

The PbS Team

The PbS Team is responsible for leading the improvement effort and developing and updating the FIP with guidance and support from the PbS Coach that is assigned to each participating PbS site. The team is representative of the various staff levels and departments and other relevant stakeholders.

The Role of the Coach

The mission of the PbS Coach, as a ‘PbS ambassador’ to participating facilities and agencies, is to foster integration of PbS into daily facility and residential program operations and ensure it becomes a field-supported and self-sustaining continuous learning tool that improves conditions of confinement and the quality of life for youths, staff and families. The coach is responsible for establishing PbS as a resource to help facility/agency staff do their jobs and teach them how to use data and implement research-based practices to improve outcomes.

The PbS coach assists with site report analysis and development and implementation of the FIP, as well as making site visits, providing support during data collection, and being available for general consultation and coaching.

FIP Action Steps

PbS offers a 7-action step tool, driven by a research-informed improvement model, to support and guide PbS participating agencies and facilities as they work to achieve both incremental and sustainable change. The action steps entered into the PbS website make up your team's concrete plan to attain the improvement you are seeking.

  1. Analysis of Performance
    • Pinpoint the causes of your outcome performance.
  2. Creating Buy-In
    • Identify how you will engage those whose support you need to improve the targeted outcome or area of change.
  3. Setting Outcome Measure Goal
    • Create short, interim & long-term goals that provide benchmarks and a vision to work toward.
  4. Improvement Process Action Steps
    • Develop concrete, measurable actions to address the factors that contributed to your outcome performance.
  5. Interim Measures
    • Identify how you will monitor your progress toward your goals to see what is working and adjust your strategies as necessary.
  6. Sustaining Performance
    • Identify strategies that will support what is working to ensure sustainable change.
  7. Performance Recognition
    • Determine how you will formally and informally recognize staff, youth and other stakeholders for their contribution to the improvement process; celebrate successes!

FIP Updates

Each Facility Improvement Plan includes a section for comments relating to the implementation status of each action step completed by the PbS Site Coordinator or assigned staff member. Ongoing FIP review comments are entered by Facility Administrators, Agency Directors and the assigned PbS Coach: