Developing quality assurance practices and measures for implementing and sustaining the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) modeledit
For interventions, like the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model, to be implemented effectively, efficient and accessible quality assurance tools are needed. The purpose of this article is to describe the process of developing an online staff self-report quality assurance tool for a key process in the TIP Model: the TIP Solution Review (TSR) and to provide data on the acceptability and perceived impact of both the measure and the TSR process. We used an iterative approach to pilot test and seek feedback from multidisciplinary teams trained in TIP. Initially, a team of 7 completed the online TSR Quality Assurance Scale, followed by a focus group. The tool was refined and administered to three additional TIP Model trained teams (n = 23 practitioners) in 3 different states. Team supervisors (n = 3) were then interviewed about their perceptions of the TSR process and the new tool. Thematic analyses were conducted on open-ended survey questions and interview and focus group responses. Findings suggest the new tool and TSR processes are acceptable and feasible. Staff feedback provided for further TSR process refinement. The process of developing, refining and evaluating a tool to capture the TSR (an important TIP quality improvement process) led to increased TSR process specification. Findings have implications for systematically guiding how intervention developers structure supervision and preparation of intervention planning and delivery. Future research will more rigorously test the tool to establish its empirical properties and effectiveness in assessing adherence to TSR procedures.