Zak Miller on May 21, 2020


VI-SPDAT 2.0 - Individual | VI-SPDAT 2.0 - Family

These are the US versions. For the Canadian versions and all the other great SPDAT resources, check out the OrgCode NationBuilder site.

What is the VI-SPDAT?

  • The VI-SPDAT is a “Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Prescreen Tool.” It helps you objectively determine who most needs help.

Best practices and expectations

  • The VI-SPDAT is a triage tool and not an assessment tool. If you want a full assessment, then use the SPDAT.

  • It should take you ten minutes or less.

  • It shouldn’t be administered too often (ideally only once).

  • It’s just one piece of the puzzle. Families and individuals shouldn’t be reduced to a number.

  • Questions can be skipped or refused.

  • Answers are “yes,” “no,” and other one word answers.

  • If the participant doesn’t understand a question, then clarification can be provided.

For more common misconceptions and mistakes, check out this post by Iain De Jong.

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