Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI)WHAT: The Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is a single, efficient, valid, reliable fidelity survey designed to guide implementation and sustained use of SWPBIS. Using the TFI, teams measure the extent to which school personnel apply the core features of SWPBIS at all three
WHO: School Systems Planning Teams - a team of three to eight people including the administrator and district coach - with input from Tier I, II, and/or III teams. It is strongly recommended that the team complete the TFI with an external SWPBIS coach serving as a facilitator. (Coordinators and school teams can enter TIC results in PBIS Assessment.)
WHEN: First-year implementers take the TFI as an initial assessment, moving to administering the survey every third or fourth meeting. Schools reaching 70% fidelity at Tier 1, and 80% fidelity at Tier 2 and Tier 3, over three consecutive times may take annually.
WHY: The purpose of the School-wide PBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory is to provide an efficient and valid index of the extent to which PBIS core features are in place within a school. It is based on earlier PBIS fidelity surveys (SET, BoQ, TIC, SAS, BAT, MATT). The primary purpose of the instrument is to help school teams improve. It is a guide for implementation for Tier I, II and/or III practices and also necessary for the Recognition Process.
Wording Changes in Questions for Tier I
In an effort to clarify specific survey items, the authors of the SWPBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) have made some minor wording changes. These changes are small and do not change scoring or basic scoring criteria. Here are the updates you can expect:
70% is now the fidelity benchmark for Tier I
A recent publication from PBISApps* has changed the fidelity score for Tier I of the TFI from 80% to 70%. Originally, 80% seemed to be the likely goal for for Tier I implementation. A paper out for publication considered of the fidelity measures upon which the TFI was designed, namely the BoQ, TIC, and SET. The research shows the TFI Tier I most closely correlates to these surveys at 70%. There is no recommendation yet for Tier II and Tier III TFI criteria (continue to use 80% for those Tiers). If any of your schools use 80% mark for Tier I, let them know 70% is the goal for this survey.
*For further information, please refer to the PBIS Apps Coordinator 2015 Fall/Winter Newsletter.
this recorded webinar to learn how to fill out and submit the TFI in your school's PBIS Assessment account, as well as view the TFI reports.
View this video tutorial provided by PBISApps.org that describes the process and addresses FAQs regarding the Tiered Fidelity Inventory.
Also, review this Training Slide Deck provided by PBISapps.org.
The Tiered Fidelity Inventory addresses all three tiers, and focuses on those elements of PBIS that are most "core" to achieving student outcomes. The tool provides useful graphs for data-based decision-making, like the example below.