Successful facilitation programs have in common strong organizational structures and well-considered systems in place. The leadership, both internal to the agency and external to shareholders, is key to the program’s success. Additionally, including stakeholders in the initial planning and ongoing improvement efforts provides programs with necessary feedback and direction. Consideration for what data will be collected and how it will be tracked is important for ascertaining benchmarks, measuring growth, and determining areas for continued improvement activities. Additionally, while there is evidence that states with strong facilitation programs find a corresponding decrease in more expensive dispute resolution processes, dedicated resources must be allocated to ensure a functioning program. Finally, the establishment of policies and procedures, easily understood and readily available to staff and stakeholders, provides structure and continuity for successful programs.

Leadership is critical to the development, implementation, and sustainability of an IEP facilitation program. Identifying specific program leadership ensures...

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The success of any program relies heavily on the favorable perceptions of the stakeholders involved in the process. In order to build and grow a program that meets...

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As is the case with the development of any program, data required for building and using an IEP facilitation program will need to be housed. Data storage can be...

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In a public education system, finding and maintaining resources, both human and financial, requires some maneuvering. Most programs are under-staffed and under-...

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The success of a facilitation program will depend largely on the policies and operational procedures put in place.  Policies and procedures should be clearly...

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