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Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT)

This website was created to facilitate dissemination of the measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS), including the Wraparound Fidelity Index (WFI-4 and WFI-EZ), Team Observation Measure (TOM), and Community Supports for Wraparound Inventory (CSWI). The site also aims to promote understanding within the service delivery evaluation field about the importance of maintaining fidelity to the wraparound process. This website contains descriptions of the measures of the WFAS, a brief description of the wraparound process, information on how to collaborate with our team and use the measures of the WFAS, relevant literature and presentations, and links to related projects and institutions.

For more information about the wraparound process, please visit the webpage of the National Wraparound Initiative.

Latest News

April 15, 2015:

Have you registered for the National Wraparound Implementation Academy?

Our very own Eric Bruns and Jennifer Schurer Coldiron are the instructors for the Research and Evaluation Track. This track is designed for researchers, evaluators, and quality assurance personnel who participate actively in Wraparound implementation efforts. Through participation in this track, participants will be able to:

  • Speak authoritatively about the current “state of the science” regarding Wraparound implementation and outcomes;
  • Use implementation science as a framework for evaluating quality, fidelity, system, and organizational supports, and child and family outcomes;
  • Use appropriately a range of outcome, fidelity, and implementation tools;
  • Translate data into actionable information for the participant’s own state or local Wraparound initiative; and
  • Design an evaluation or research project that meets local – and potentially national – information needs around Wraparound implementation and outcomes.
For more info on the academy, other tracks, how to register, etc., see the NWIC website!

UPDATE: March 22, 2015:

Recruitment for the TOM pilot has been closed! Due to the high level of initial interest, we had to halt any further recruitment. Thanks to all who have volunteered thus far, and thank you all for you interest!

WERT is currently developing a shorter, more comprehensive team observation tool. The goal is to create a reliable and valid measure of adherence to the wraparound principles and key elements that is less burdensome and more sensitive to different elements of Wraparound practice implementation. We are calling this tool the TOM 2.0.

Where the original TOM had 71 indicators across 20 items, the TOM 2.0 has 41 indicators across only 8 items. The TOM 2.0 is organized by the 4 Key elements, and includes indicators of meeting attendance, use of natural supports, facilitation, and outcomes based process. This aligns with the structure of the Wraparound Fidelity Index (WFI-EZ), our other widely-used fidelity assessment tool.

In order to ensure the tool works well in the field, we are SEEKING COLLABORATOR SITES that are willing to use the TOM 2.0 to observe at least 5 team meetings and share the data with WERT by the summer of 2015. Sites do not have to have previous experience using the TOM 1.0, but we do encourage current TOM 1.0 users to consider making the switch! WERT will provide sites with the necessary forms and training materials needed to participate, along with a data entry template, complete with summary charts and graphs that can be used for analysis and reporting. After data collection is complete, observers will be asked to give feedback on item importance, clarity, and observability via a focus group or online survey.

Sites that agree to participate in this pilot test, and that provide data from 5 or more meetings, will be provided with free, unlimited use of the first version of the TOM 2.0 for six months after its release. WERT will also upload the site’s data into WrapTrack when the tool is available in the system.

Any site that contributes any data whatsoever will be acknowledged in papers and presentations as being a valued research collaborator on the development of the TOM 2.0. If you are interested in being a collaborator on the development of the TOM 2.0 in this way, please contact April Sather at sathea@uw.edu.

February 19, 2015:

Since the 27th Annual Research and Policy Conference in Tampa, WERT has been working on building a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) for users of the WFAS tools and members of the Wraparound community (for more information see the below post from March 25th).

WERT has joined forces with NWI for our online community to increase the scope of viewers and enhance the sharing of knowledge and discussion. We believe this partnership will establish a community where members...

  • share experiences with the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS) tools,
  • track and report on whether or not data collection techniques have worked,
  • examine strategies that may be effective, and
  • act as a support network for the 60+ collaborating sites.
We hope you comment on posts, initiate follow-up questions, and/or present ideas for discussion. Please click HERE to be directed to the updated Collaborative Learning Community Forum.

January 20, 2015:

Would your agency or wraparound program like to test an electronic behavioral health information system specific to wraparound… for free?

Be a part of research history! The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) at the University of Washington would like to announce the opportunity for Wraparound implementing sites to participate in a federally-funded research project to help further develop and test the NWI’s comprehensive, web-based electronic behavioral information system, TMS-WrapLogic.

Depending on your size and interest, participating sites may participate in user testing and/or an effectiveness study to examine TMS-WrapLogic’s impact on teamwork, wraparound fidelity, and youth and family outcomes. Regardless of what aspect of our development and testing you participate in, participating sites will get an opportunity to have the system installed and configured to the needs of your agency, get trained, and try it out for free. Once the research component is completed, agencies will get a discount on future TMS-WrapLogic licensing fees should they choose to continue to use TMS-WrapLogic.

Due to our rapid development and testing cycle, this opportunity is extremely time limited. For more information, please contact April Sather, WERT Project Director, at 206-685-2310 or sathea@uw.edu.

January 5, 2015:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The National Wraparound Implementation Center has a new website! Check it out HERE.

While you're visiting, you can learn more about the upcoming National Wraparound Implementation Academy, which will be held July 14-15, 2015 at Portland State University. Check back often for more details or contact John Ossowski at jdo@pdx.edu.

March 25, 2014:

Thanks to all those who participated in our “Creating a Collaborative Learning Community for WFAS Users” session at the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. For those who haven’t heard, WERT is building a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) for users of the WFAS tools. The purpose of the CLC is to help WFAS users in sites across the country and internationally share tacit knowledge around their Wraparound evaluation processes, track and report on whether or not data collection techniques have worked, examine strategies that may be effective, and act as a support network for the 60+ collaborating sites each year.

February 26, 2014:

Now Available from The TA Network and National Wraparound Initiative: Wraparound Evaluation and Quality Improvement Assistance. The Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (The TA Network) and the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) are making tailored technical assistance (TA) on Wraparound available to current SAMHSA-funded System of Care Grantees. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

September 16, 2013:

More information on Sampling Plans! The WFI-4, TOM, and WFI-EZ Manuals have been updated to include guidance for sampling plans. The Frequently Asked Questions document has also been updated. For more information please click here.


This project is supported by the Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and the University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy as well as Wraparound and system of care-implementing states, communities, and providers across the U.S. and the world.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please e-mail WERT at
wrapeval@uw.edu