The materials below were reviewed for Readiness for Dissemination. The implementation
point of contact can provide information regarding implementation of the intervention
and the availability of additional, updated, or new materials.
Altshuler, S. J., & Cleverly-Thomas, A. (2007, October). Partners with Families and Children project: Developing a replicable evaluation model. Final report. Spokane, WA: Partners with Families and Children.
Altshuler, S. J., Plavnick, A., Kriz, D., & Mallonnee, C. (n.d.). Supportive elements of core services: Casey Family Partners and the Starting Early, Starting Smart Program. Spokane, WA: Casey Family Partners and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Casey Family Programs & the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2001). The Starting Early Starting Smart story. Washington, DC: Authors.
Hanson, L., Deere, D., Lee, C., Lewin, A., & Seval, C. (2001). Key principles in providing integrated behavioral health services for young children and their families: The Starting Early Starting Smart experience. Washington DC: Casey Family Programs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Murphy, M. A. (2003). Key elements of the Casey service model. Spokane, WA: Casey Family Partners.
Partners with Families and Children. (n.d.). Independent evaluation data. Spokane, WA: Author.
Partners with Families and Children. (n.d.). Program description and theory of change. Spokane, WA: Author.
Partners with Families and Children Web site, http://www.partnerswithfamilies.org
Starting Early Starting Smart. (2003). Ordinary miracles: A training package to foster nurturing parent-child relationships: Facilitator Manual [with VHS tapes]. Washington, DC: Casey Family Programs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Available online at http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/promos/sess/publications.asp
Starting Early Starting Smart Web site, http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/promos/sess/about.html
Readiness for Dissemination Ratings by Criteria (0.0-4.0 scale)
External reviewers independently evaluate the intervention's Readiness for Dissemination
using three criteria:
- Availability of implementation materials
- Availability of training and support resources
- Availability of quality assurance procedures
For more information about these criteria and the meaning of the ratings, see Readiness for Dissemination.
Training and Support
The Facilitator Manual is well organized and clearly articulates the clinical and organizational model, supporting effective implementation. The accompanying videos are highly detailed and sequenced for maximizing practitioner competencies during training. A list of commonly used outcome measures available from the developer can be used to develop a complete quality assurance protocol.
It is unclear how some implementation tools relate to the facilitator manual. Some documents mention the need to conduct a community assessment for program fit, but the full assessment process is not described. There is no mechanism for procuring ongoing support and consultation beyond training for implementers. Though the model relies heavily upon expert clinical supervision and observer ratings to support fidelity, little information is provided on how these tasks are completed or how data are used. Very little guidance is provided on selecting and using outcome measures to support quality assurance.