When should a success plan be created?

This article outlines questions supervisors can ask themselves when analyzing data to determine whether a success plan should be created.

There are no set integrity standards that determine when a Success Plan should be implemented. It is the supervisor’s responsibility to know how well each of their employees are performing and what they need to continue developing their skills. This is why regular observations and assessments, as well as regular review of performance data is important. Sometimes performance data suggest an intervention should be put in place for an employee. These interventions are often referred to as performance improvement plants. At Behavior Science Technology we call them Success Plans, because they are plans we put in place to help our supervisees succeed!

As you collect integrity data you will want to start asking yourself questions:

  1. What is the integrity level for the supervisee? – While there is no specific minimum level of integrity, higher levels of integrity more reliably reveal clinical progress
  2. How does the data compare in relation to the team? – Comparing one person’s data to other people’s data can reveal trends that indicate whether one or a group of people need support or there may be an issue with the way the program was designed.
  3. Are there issues in a specific area? – Are the observed issues occurring with one type of program or multiple programs?
  4. Are there specific environmental barriers? – Does the person have everything they need to succeed or is there a barrier that is impacting the quality of services delivered.
  5. Is additional training necessary? – Is the person missing a skill or do they have additional training needs for a specific skill area?
  6. Do you need to implement a specific intervention? – Does the area of improvement require specific, focused, multi-step support?

Based on the answers you may decide that an intervention is necessary, this is when you’ll create a Success Plan. Sometimes reviewing the data and asking yourself these questions gives you enough information. If this is not the case, you can use the 20 question PDC-HS to help you pinpoint your target. If possible, involve your supervisee in the process, so they understand why the success plan is going into place and what the goals are.

To learn the steps involved in creating a Success Plan and how to input it into BST Perform, view the video called The 13 Steps in a Success Plan in the Knowledge base.