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.

Who Completes the Tool:

The DSFI is to be completed by a district-community leadership team, who is steering the effort to implement the district-wide multi-tiered systems of social, emotional, and behavioral supports in schools. 

Stakeholders should include individuals who are: a) able to influence district-level professional development b) knowledgeable about the operations of the district across grade level and programs c) have access to district-level executive leadership d) coordinating community and family engagement e) having special education administrative authority f) having administrative authority with social-emotional-behavioral support providers such as counselors, social workers, school psychologists, etc. g) representing the local community (e.g., community center leader, school board member). 

For example:  

* The DSFI will be facilitated by the DCLT Coordinator 

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:

These nine categories are visualized in Figure 1, 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:


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

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