Engagement & Communication


When implementing Team Decision Making (TDM), it is critical to inform and engage internal staff and stakeholders from the very beginning of the planning process. It is important that all stakeholders understand the key elements, goals, and processes of Team Decision Making meetings as well as their roles. If stakeholders are unfamiliar with their roles, it will be more difficult for them to participate as effectively, which may negatively impact outcomes for children and families.

Engagement and Communication Tools should be used to educate, inform, and ignite excitement from stakeholders about the TDM process. Engaging stakeholders is not a one-time occurrence; rather, it is an ongoing, dynamic process.



Use the following documents to communicate with and engage TDM stakeholders:

  • Key Characteristics of Family Meetings - For people wh often have questions about the differences between TDM and other family meetings, this table points out the key amongTDM, Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)/Family Group Conferencing (FGC), and Family Team Meetings (FTM).

These documents provide tips for various audiences along with suggestions for engaging and sustaining communication among stakeholders who are involved in TDM.

  1. Parents
  2. Youth
  3. Caregivers
  4. Community
  5. Agency Director and Management
  6. Supervisors
  7. Social Workers