Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI)

WHAT: The Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is a single, efficient, valid, reliable fidelity survey designed to guide implementation and sustained use of SWPBIS. Using the TFI, teams measure the extent to which school personnel apply the core features of SWPBIS at all three tiers.

WHO: School Systems Planning Teams - a team of three to eight people including the administrator and district coach - with input from Tier I, II, and/or III teams.  It is strongly recommended that the team complete the TFI with an external SWPBIS coach serving as a facilitator.  Coordinators and school teams can enter TIC results in PBIS Assessment.

WHEN: First-year implementers take the TFI as an initial assessment, moving to administering the survey every third or fourth meeting. Schools reaching 80% fidelity three consecutive times may take annually.

WHY: The purpose of the School-wide PBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory is to provide an efficient and valid index of the extent to which PBIS core features are in place within a school.  It is based on earlier PBIS fidelity surveys (SET, BoQ, TIC, SAS, BAT, MATT).  The primary purpose of the instrument is to help school teams improve.  It is a guide for implementation for Tier I, II and/or III practices and also necessary for the Recognition Process

Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) Walkthrough

Below is a link to a video tutorial provided by PBISApps.org that describes the process and addresses FAQs regarding the Tiered Fidelity Inventory.

How to generate the TFI Subscale Graph:

After the TFI has been completed by your team, the PBIS Assessments coordinator for your district will be able to generate a report from the PBIS Assessments site.
  1. When viewing your organization, to the far right of the organization name is an option for Reports
  2. Select Reports
  3. Once in Reports, select the options that enable you to report on each subscale. From the drop down menus: 
    1. Under Select Survey, select SWPBIS TFI 2.1 
    2. Under Select Report, select Subscale 
    3. Make sure the From Range includes the current school year.
Note: If your team has completed the TFI more than one time this school year, the generated graphs will include the subscale scores from each completion, with the dates for each completion clearly indicated under the scores. 
Sample TFI Sub-scale Report Showing Score Per Tier

Accessing the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI)

The TFI is available for free through PBISApps.org. Ask the PBIS Assessment administrator for your district to facilitate and open the survey for your school team. Learn more on the PBIS Apps website.

Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) Data Example

The Tiered Fidelity Inventory addresses all three tiers, and focuses on those elements of PBIS that are most "core" to achieving student outcomes. The tool provides useful graphs for data-based decision-making, like the example below.

Click on the graph to enlarge the image: