Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

Event status:

July Seminar

Date:
Wednesday 14 July 2021 03:00 pm until Wednesday 14 July 2021 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Lauren De Losa
Lids@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Living with Disability Research Centre
Type of Event:
Public Lecture

Observing the quality of staff practice 

This seminar explores the benefits of using observational methods to assess the quality of staff practice in services for people with intellectual disabilities.


Reviewing observational methods for measuring the quality of support 

Professor Christine Bigby, Dr Lincoln Humphreys, Dr Tal Araten-Bergman, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

This presentation provides an introduction to the seminar topic with an overview of observation as an approach to measuring the quality of practice and its value to managers and regulators. It will provide a brief review of observational tools and the limited evidence about how these compare to other measures of service quality.

Psychometric evaluation of the Active Support Measure

Dr Lincoln Humphreys, Professor Christine Bigby, Dr Tal Araten-Bergman, Professor Teresa Iacono, Living with disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

This presentation explores psychometric properties of the Active Support Measure (ASM), which is the most frequently used observational measure of the quality of staff support for people with intellectual disabilities living in supported accommodation. The ASM comprises 15 items and studies have shown that ASM scores predict service users’ levels of engagement. Despite being used in numerous studies, the underlying factor structure of the ASM has not been examined. This presentation will show how an exploratory factor analysis and a Rasch analysis was conducted on the ASM, using a dataset of 884 people with intellectual disabilities living in Australian group homes. The data was collected between 2010 and 2018 as part of a study to identify predictors of Active Support. This presentation will argue that the ASM essentially measures two dimensions of the quality of support and a revised 10-item version of this measure will make it easier for researchers to use.

Developing the Observing Staff Support tool for regulators and managers

Dr Tal Araten-Bergman, Professor Christine Bigby, Dr Lincoln Humphreys, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Although the ASM has been used successfully by researchers to conduct observations, it requires extensive training to complete. As such, the ASM is difficult for regulators, managers or others not trained in research to use. This presentation will show how we developed a simple and valid observational tool that can be used by non-researchers that is nevertheless based on the conceptual framework of the ASM. Utilising a mixed‐methods design and building on the exploratory factor analysis of the ASM, items and guidelines were developed and then tested for validity and reliability through several stages. This involved extensive review by experts and managers and field testing in services for people with intellectual disabilities. This presentation will outline the key aspects of this new Observing Staff Support tool, which consists of eight main items and two additional items scored on a 3-point scale. The presentation will show how preliminary findings suggest the tool has acceptable psychometric properties and offers a simple and easy way for managers and regulators to assess the quality of staff practice using observation.

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