Comparing Self-Assessment Findings to the Outcome Statements
An important step for the team to take is to review the summary of the assessment completed in Module 4 and see how it compares to the Outcome Statements you've just generated.
Review the Minnesota Team Checklist section you worked on in Module 4, including items 13-15 and the work completed in the HCBS Planning Tool related to Module 4. The activities in the HCBS Planning Tool asked the team to list all of the strengths that exist in HCBS now. The team also looked for areas for growth. Use the assessment to:
- Review how each strength documented in the HCBS Planning Tool relates to the Outcome Statements,
- Highlight the areas of improvement that were documented in the HCBS Planning Tool and identify where more work is needed,
- Think about how the strengths found in the assessment can help more people receiving services, and
- Identify the activities the team believes would make the biggest impact on the organization.
Here are two examples of teams that used the assessment to make connections to the new Outcome Statements.
A team supporting older adults with dementia described how several staff members were reaching out to community members to increase natural supports while attending events with the person they were supporting. This was described as a strength in the assessment. The two staff members made connections with local spiritual organizations to help people they were supporting become more involved in social events and meet other church members. The staff had created a simple list of questions to bring to church leaders. They also shared hints for encouraging conversations before and after services. The team decided that the work of the two staff members was related to the Outcome Statement that the team developed: "The community is aware of what it means to provide natural supports to people receiving services." The team began talking about how they could share the approach the two staff used with other staff members across the organization.
A team supporting young children with autism and their families discovered a need related to training. The team talked about how families were reporting that they were not able to access training and equipment used to help children communicate. The team decided that this need fit with the Outcome Statement created to address people supported: "Children are able to communicate what is important to them by learning new skills with support from the adults in their lives." To address this need, the team decided to explore different ways to obtain training in the use of alternative and assistive technology as part of the team’s action plan. The team decided to reach out to the child’s educators as a first step since they had gained tips and advice from the local school district in the past.
Please use the MN Team Checklist and the HCBS Planning Tool to complete the activity.
Checklist item 16: The team uses assessments to agree on a reasonable list of goals and activities for the year.