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The adopted MIDD Service Improvement Plan (SIP), which is the blueprint for MIDD 2, links to the MIDD 2 Implementation Plan and Evaluation Plan, which were transmitted to King County Council in August 2017. Together these three documents outline the mission of MIDD and address key aspects of MIDD, from funding, to services, to evaluation.

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The MIDD 2 Service Improvement Plan (SIP) brought together extensive collaborative work by a diverse range of County and community stakeholders. Shaped by values and guiding principles and ongoing strategic feedback from the MIDD Oversight (now Advisory) Committee, a multistage community-driven process was undertaken to shape programming recommendations for MIDD 2. This process included:

  • Input from more than 1,000 King County residents
  • 141 programming ideas generated through an open call for concepts
  • 90 briefing papers analyzing potential new programming options
  • Diverse community review panels that sorted programming options for funding consideration

County staff then aligned recommendations and identified funding levels in light of amended policy goals for MIDD 2. Initial recommendations were released for public comment and stakeholder review in April 2016, with revised recommendations released and reviewed in May 2016. Final programmatic and funding recommendations were transmitted to the Council as part of the MIDD 2 SIP in August 2016, along with a range of other planned improvements to MIDD operations and evaluation.

The SIP was approved by King County Council via Ordinance 18406 in November 2016. Updates to the SIP as of mid-2017 are described in detail in the MIDD 2 Implementation and Evaluation Plans.

Transmitted in August 2017, the MIDD 2 Implementation Plan provides a point-in-time status report on the implementation of new MIDD 2 initiatives and planned changes to initiatives continuing from MIDD 1. It is a summary of planning efforts completed to date and a preview of the continued work ahead to implement MIDD 2. Including the updated initiative descriptions contained within it, the Implementation Plan addresses the following elements called for by King County Council Ordinance 18407:

  • A schedule of implementation of initiatives, programs, and services outlined in the Service Improvement Plan
  • Discussion of needed resources including staffing and provider contracts
  • Outcomes and performance measures
  • Procurement and contracting information
  • Community engagement efforts
  • How MIDD’s initiatives advance the county’s behavioral health policy goals
  • Updated biennial spending plan and financial plans

An essential companion to the Service Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Implementation Plan is the MIDD 2 Evaluation Plan. The Evaluation Plan contains information about:

  • Process and outcome evaluation components
  • A proposed schedule for evaluations
  • Performance measurement information including targets
  • Data to be used for reporting
  • Overarching principles, framing questions, and approaches for the evaluation of MIDD 2

The development of the MIDD Evaluation Plan was significantly informed by the principles of the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework. RBA is a national model and provides a disciplined, data-driven, decision-making process to help communities and organizations take action to solve problems by starting with desired ends and working backward toward strategies to get there. 

MIDD 2’s evaluation approach begins by articulating the result desired from MIDD’s investments. Using an RBA performance measurement lens, the MIDD evaluation will seek to answer to what extent and in what ways MIDD helps to achieve the five adopted MIDD Policy Goals. 

The Evaluation Plan will help ensure MIDD is accountable for performance of MIDD initiatives. The impact of MIDD initiatives on individuals and families directly served by programs will be assessed using performance measures. The evaluation approach will also ensure that MIDD-funded activities connect to desired population-level changes and contribute to those outcomes. 

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