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1. Developing and Using Baseline Measures of Behavior
2. What is a baseline? The standard against which you measure all subsequent changes implemented by your program.
Usually shown as lines in graph form.
3. Why use baseline measures? Baselines can:
Show whether your efforts are working
Help you make sense about something complicated
Help you decide whether to start an intervention
Tell you if an intervention isn't necessary
4. Developing a Baseline Pick indicators that best reflect the behaviors that are most important to you
Find measurements on those indicators
5. Interpreting baseline changes Data points fall into a tight range
Best basis for starting
6. Ascending and descending baselines Ascending: the indicator has increased
Descending: the indicator has decreased
7. Unstable or variable baselines Data points range all over the place and there are no clear trends
Usually unwise to introduce any sort of intervention, because the variations make it too hard to tell whether changes are a result of the intervention
8. Using baseline data to develop an intervention Decide what problem(s) to address
Identify primary targets of the intervention
Develop an action plan
Begin your intervention