What is the TFI?
The Tiered Fidelity Inventory, or TFI, is a tool that helps school teams measure their progress and implementation fidelity for all three tiers of PBIS. This tool replaces the TIC, SET, and BoQ evaluations. Learn more about the TFI here.
Your school team will use the Tier 1 TFI four times per year during cohort training: once at each training (fall, winter, and spring) and again with an external evaluator in the spring during March, April or May. See more information on the data calendar webpage for Schools-in-Training.
The TFI is used for progress monitoring and action planning. It is important that your school gets in the habit of taking the TFI, entering data into PBISApps, then using the TFI data to build your implementation action plan. Not only is this an evidence-based predictor of sustainability, it also allows you to see how much progress your school is making toward implementing PBIS with fidelity and pinpoints areas where your school is doing great and challenge areas that you may want to address.
How to conduct the TFI
The TFI can be done as a self-assessment (you and your team can take it together internally) OR with an outside TFI facilitator (an experienced TFI user who is not from your school team, but can come to your school to do a walkthrough using the TFI Walkthrough Tool in Appendix A, then administer the TFI with your team).
Your school team will conduct the TFI as a self-assessment with the assistance of Regional Implementation Project (RIP) coordinators and trainers three times at each PBIS training (fall, winter, and spring).
Your school team will then conduct the TFI with an external evaluator at the end of the school year (March, April or May). Your school will be matched with a TFI facilitator from another school during winter or spring training.
Minnesota PBIS has a training video available for new school teams and TFI facilitators. You can view this video here.
In order to conduct the TFI, you will need to download the TFI Facilitation Guidebook from PBIS Apps.
All of these tools and resources are free to use at no-cost to your school or district.