Observing EBP Facilitation
By observing educators as they facilitate evidence-based programs (EBPs), we can gain valuable insights into the factors that contribute to effective implementation. Observations also allow us to provide educators with concrete, constructive feedback within the context of both fidelity to the EBP and continuous quality improvement of facilitation skills.
Review the Observation Protocol carefully when planning your observations.
ACT for Youth Observation
ACT for Youth staff are required to observe program delivery at least once during the five-year grant period for CAPP providers and yearly if a site is implementing the TOP (Teen Outreach Program) curricula. ACT for Youth uses the Facilitator Observation Form.
Agency Internal Observation
To ensure quality delivery, CAPP Health Educator Supervisors are required to observe educators facilitating EBP sessions in real settings at least twice each year, ideally once per bi-annual reporting period. Agencies have a choice of using either the Facilitator Observation Form or the On-Site Feedback Form.
Each form has its advantages, so review both to choose the one that will work best for your program goals.
Virtual EBP Observation
While most programming is implemented in-person, we know that programs sometimes need to be implemented virtually for a number of reasons. If you need guidance on observing a virtual session, please reach out to your ACT for Youth Support Team.
After the Observation: Facilitation Improvement
This planning tool should be used in collaboration with the educator. It provides a process and examples for transferring observed behavior issues into professional development goals and action steps.