Hosts will be responsible for: 1) Setting up, cleaning and securing their lab, 2) Ordering and re-stocking materials (grants may be available), 3) Participating in online training and in-person events, 4) Participating in a Certified DOS observation of the program, and 6) Participating in a TMC LabsTM online community with other Hosting groups.
Direct operating costs include staffing, new tires or tail- lights, and consumable supplies. Information on where to find donated materials and equipment will be shared between hosts on the TMC webpage. “Re-wrapping” if desired would also need to be paid by the host group. Drivers of vehicles pulling labs must provide auto liability coverage extending to the TMC lab. Host organizations are encouraged to fundraise to help cover costs, special tools, materials and supplies.
Each host group should have at least one Lead Educator as well as other professional users who will participate in a TMC Labs Community Forum. These users will be supported with online and in-person training events and help us collect evaluation information and improve the program.
Hosts will be expected to submit quarterly reports using the TMC evaluation protocol. If a local host is not able to consistently utilize a lab, it could be reclaimed by ION and offered to another host. Over the course of hosting the lab, the host organization is expected to participate in the Dimensions of Success (DOS) observational program to support programmatic quality and professional development.
Hosting Agreements will also address:
- Training and other resources offered to hosts and users
- Maintenance and restocking requirements for the lab
- Evaluation criteria and process for return of the lab if needed
- Insurance requirements for transporting a lab.