Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team

News Archive


June 13, 2019

The NWI and Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (UW WERT) is currently developing a new data management system to replace the current system, WrapTrack. This new system will have improved and enhanced functioning, including but not limited to: an easier youth registry, increased assistance for sampling, support to collecting data, and tracking evaluation progress.


February 27, 2019

"Illustrating Wraparound, this new video highlights a collaborative-care approach that supports behavioral health reform efforts at the state, local, and program levels.


February 1, 2018

The University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, invites applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship focused on translation and promotion of effective children’s behavioral health policies for publically-funded services at the state and national levels. The fellowship also provides training and mentorship in intervention development and testing, implementation research, and methodological and analytic skills relevant to implementation science and policy research.


October 17, 2017


Check out the amazing line up of speakers, and register here to join us in Tampa! March 4-7, 2018.

September 25, 2017

Please join us and our partners at University of Maryland Baltimore at the 2018 Training Institutes. They will be held July 25-28, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington D.C.

The focus of the Training Institutes is on integrating systems and improving outocmes in behavioral health for children, youth, and young adults and their families.

June 26, 2017

We have worked with our National Wraparound Initiative partners at Portland State University to examine the characteristics of turnover in wraparound. Read more!

March 21, 2017

Please join Dr. Eric Bruns on April 5th at 10:00 am (EST) for a webinar on Wraparound care coordination for youth with complex needs. The webinar is produced by Judge Baker Children's Center's Child Mental Heatlh Forum at Harvard Medical School.  

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

March 2, 2017

WERT will be hosting an exhibitor table at the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Youth Adult Behavioral Health. If you are in attendance, please stop by and say hi! Along with our NWIC team, we will be presenting on various Wraparound topics, and we invite you to join us there as well. Click on the image below for a full list of NWIC/WERT presentations.

February 8, 2017

WERT has just published a comprehensive review of wraparound research from 1986-2014.


May 16, 2016

We are excited to announce the release of the revised Team Observation Measure, the TOM 2.0! WERT's goal was 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. In the revision, WERT was able to remove redundant items, make the language clearer and more consistent, remove non-essential items that showed little variability on the original TOM, and separate the assessment of facilitation skills from fidelity to the Wraparound model.

May 13, 2016

To Our Valued WFAS Collaborators:

Greetings from Seattle and the University of Washington!

As you know, the mission of the UW Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team is to assist implementation of the Wraparound process and evaluate its effectiveness. We also strive to help collaborating wraparound initiatives and systems of care achieve continuous quality improvement, identify needs for technical assistance and training, and communication with their stakeholders about their successes.

January 26, 2016

We're planning the next National Wraparound Implementation Academy for Fall 2016 ... your input is needed!


November 19, 2015

Be sure to join us for the next NWI webinar in the new year.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 11:00 am PST.  This webinar will set the context for the importance of Wraparound quality, fidelity, and implementation supports. A review of the latest innovations, data, and research will be presented on such areas as cost, outcomes, workforce supports, and evidence-based clinical practices.

November 3, 2015

Greetings from Seattle! Is anyone heading up to the Pacific Northwest to attend the CANS Conference? If so, find WERT and say hello! Eric Bruns, April Sather, and Jennifer Schurer Coldiron will all be in attendance. Eric will be part of the final keynote! We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

October 14, 2015

Planning on attending the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health?  Conference registration is now open, click here.  If you are interested in presenting, proposal submissions are due October 30th at 5pm. We hope to see you in Tampa!  March 13 – 16, 2016 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel.

May 26, 2015

Social TecKnowledgy, in partnership with the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) and the University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation & Research Team (WERT), seek wraparound-implementing providers, care management entities, and wraparound care coordination initiatives interested in participating in federally-funded research on an electronic behavioral health information system specific to Wraparound.

April 15, 2015

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:

March 22, 2015

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.

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...

January 20, 2015

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.

January 5, 2015

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.

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

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.