District Systems Fidelity Inventory (DSFI)

District Systems Fidelity Inventory (DSFI)

Purpose:The DSFI tool helps the district community leadership team determine if it is doing what is needed to do in order to ensure fidelity of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for Social-Emotional-Behavioral (SEB) wellness.


The DSFI is to be completed by each district community leadership team member, and then reviewed together for consensus. Ideally, leadership teams include the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, community provider partners, school board representation, and those who equitably represent the voice of building and community stakeholders.

What it assesses:

There are nine categories of research-based responsibilities for the leadership team. This tool assess each of those categories in order for the team to action plan. The nine categories are:

  1. Leadership Teaming [district-community level]

  2. Stakeholder Engagement

  3. Resource (Initiatives) Alignment & Funding

  4. Policy and Systems Support

  5. Workforce Capacity

  6. Professional Development

  7. Coaching & Technical Assistance

  8. Evaluation

  9. Local Implementation Demonstrations

These nine categories are visualized in Figure 1 (click on figure to enlarge), and are organized into the Executive Functions and the Implementation Functions of the leadership team.


At first look, the tool may feel overwhelming. Here are some considerations for how to proceed:

The formal approach to using this tool would be to:

    1. Identify an internal (e.g. the district MTSS/PBIS Coordinator) and an external (e.g. the Midwest PBIS Network) facilitator to collaborate.

    2. Discuss the tool in advance with the leadership team so they understand its purpose and your approach.

    3. Ask each team member to:

    • score the items from their understanding on their own (outside of a meeting),

    • send the facilitator their scores,

    • then the facilitator compiles all scores together to determine consensus

  1. Use the google scoring sheet to copy and then set up for each team member to score the items on their own

    1. Follow-up with the team to share consensus scores, discuss areas of focus, and identify their short-term (this year) and long-term (3-5 years) action steps.

  2. Final scores should be entered into PBIS Assessments by your Midwest PBIS TA provider, so the district can monitor progress year over year.

    1. Add the action steps to the team's agenda and task list

    2. Review progress toward action plan activities and outcomes on a regular basis (e.g., monthly or quarterly)

    3. Monitor implementation and outcomes.

    4. Repeat the assessment each year


For reference, a PDF of the DSFI is available at: https://www.pbis.org/resource/pbis-district-systems-fidelity-inventory-dsfi-pilot-version-v0-1

Your results from the DSFI should be entered in PBIS Assessments for data analysis and monitoring progress over time. Contact the Midwest PBIS Network (support@midwestpbis.org) for assistance in facilitating the DSFI and entering it on PBIS Assessments.

A spreadsheet tracking tool is available to help facilitate the team conversation, scoring and action planning. You can request access to the tracking spreadsheet here.