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), 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.
May 2 2013:
Important update for WFI-EZ Users- The final version of the WFI-EZ has been uploaded to the Training Materials section of the website. The update includes small changes to Section D for the Facilitator and Caregiver versions.
March 28 2013:
Did you know? The national means for the WFI-4 and the TOM have been rising over the last three years! To reflect this change, WERT has established new national means and the new means are reflected in WrapTrack. For more information on national means click here.
March 11 2013:
Please subscribe to the WrapTrack Listserv for updates, to address errors, and ask questions. To download instructions on how to sign up click here.
February 27 2013:
WrapTrack has replaced the WONDERS fidelity data entry system. WERT is currently completing webinar trainings for the new WrapTrack system. Please contact WERT at email@example.com if you would like to participate in a training.
The Wraparound Fidelity Index- Short Form, Version EZ (WFI-EZ) is now ready to use for interested collaborators and future collaborators. Please visit the "Becoming a WFAS Collaborator" tab to view more information.
December 14 2012:
PLEASE BE AWARE OF SYSTEM SHUT DOWN
WONDERS will be offline from December 21 - January 7, 2013 in order to transfer all data to the new WrapTrack system. You MUST have a demographic form for every youth you intend to save in the data back-up. For more info email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 23 2012:
The Wraparound Team Monitoring System (Wrap-TMS)
The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team and National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) have teamed up with Social TecKnowledgy to develop a web-based data entry, management, and reporting system called Wrap-TMS. We recently provided a webinar and demonstration of Wrap-TMS that you can view at: nwi.pdx.edu/webinars.shtml.
If your initiative is interested in potentially using Wrap-TMS, please contact the UW Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) at email@example.com. Interested organizations can request a 30 day pass to the TMS demo site to test the TMS system and functionality. Trial logins will expire after the 30 day demo. If at that time, if you are interested in pursuing a TMS site license, Social TecKnowledgy and UW WERT will work with you to understand your local needs and configuration options. We will also discuss costs of set-up, customization, and licensing.
If you have questions about Wrap-TMS and security, HIPAA, FERPA, electronic health record capacity, or other IT issues you can contact Kelly Hyde, PhD at Social TecKnowledgy, Inc.: firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-983-0076.
Transition from WONDERS to WrapTrack
The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) is pleased to announce the plan to transition from the Wraparound Online Data Entry and Reporting System (WONDERS) to the new data tracking and reporting system called WrapTrack. The new interface will be more user-friendly, the report processing speed will be faster, and there will be updated features, including: drag and drop reporting, cloud based data storage, and HIPPA and FERPA compliance!
How will it work? In order to successfully transition from WONDERS to the new system, WONDERS will need to go offline from December 21st through January 7th. This means WFI-4 and TOM data cannot be entered online. However, all data entered into WONDERS up to December 21st will automatically be transferred to the new database.
During this offline time, WERT asks that you hold on WFI-4 and TOM data entry until you have completed training for WrapTrack. The dates for these trainings will be announced soon.
What about reporting? Unfortunately, all of the reporting functions will not be accessible during this offline time period. If there are specific reports that need to be generated during this time, please let us know so we can plan accordingly with your community.
All communities will be trained on how to use the new system following January 7th. If your community has more than one sub-site, please try to combine groups whenever possible. Your community will be able to use WrapTrack upon training completion with the WERT team. All data will be transferred from WONDERS to WrapTrack, and data entry and reporting may resume after training. New collaborators will not be able to access WrapTrack until February 2013, unless the community already has an existing WONDERS account.
August 8 2012 Colleagues in North Carolina publish the first empirical study on the TEAM OBSERVATION MEASURE (TOM). “The impact of system of care support in adherence to wraparound principles in Child and Family Teams in child welfare in North Carolina”
Findings from the study, which was published in Children and Youth Services Review, showed that the counties supported by System of Care funds produced meeting facilitators that were better prepared for CFTs, facilitators who led a more robust brainstorming process, and facilitators who acknowledged and built upon families’ strengths and how the strengths contributed to team goals. The article demonstrates that adherence to wraparound principles in the context of child welfare family decision making meetings can be measured by the TOM. Additionally, it shows that TOM scores were higher in counties with system of care support, providing evidence for the TOM's validity as well as evidence that SOC resources can positively influence practice. The study included six counties in North Carolina (two System of Care initiatives and four non-SOC counties) with a sample size of 52 Child and Family Team meetings (CFT) observed. To download click here.
August 1 2012 WERT announces new WFAS Collaborator procedures
WERT is happy to announce our partnership with the University of Washington Center for Commercialization (C4C). UW C4C will be taking over all billing and licensing procedures for new and current users of the Wraparound Fidelity Index v. 4 (WFI-4) and the Team Observation Measure (TOM). To sign up as a new WFI-4 or TOM collaborator, click on the C4C Express Licensing webpage and scroll down to find the appropriate license .
Users can continue to contact WERT at email@example.com for any questions regarding use of the tools, training, data entry and reporting, etc. But for billing questions, please contact C4C at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 206-543-3970.
July 2012 Check out the initial results from the WFI-EZ pilot!
With the help of the 15 participating sites, each of which contributed between 3 and 41 forms, we have thus far been able to compile data from 154 Caregivers. Although data collection is ongoing, preliminary results of this pilot test are encouraging. The WFI-EZ pilot form shows promise in many ways: Items were shaped and then endorsed by experts in wraparound, the first version of the scales demonstrate internal consistency, and caregivers who completed the survey responded positively to the ease of use and comprehension and relevance of the items, even though this version is longer than the ultimate version of the WFI-EZ will be. Most important, the WFI-EZ correlates strongly with scores for WFI-4 interviews for the same caregivers.
In the coming months, we will continue to collect data from our collaborating sites, so we can reach our goal of N=300 WFI-EZ surveys. If you would like to participate, please contact Spencer Hensley at email@example.com.
For a full description of our initial findings, 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 National Institute of Mental Health (grant number R41-MH077356); The Innovations Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and the University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy. Special thanks to the University of Vermont Department of Psychology for their long history of support to this project.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please e-mail WERT at