The Importance of Contextual Fit when Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions.

Page Count
16
Year Published
2014
Author (Individual)
Horner, Rob.
Blitz, Caryn.
Ross, Scott W.
Resource Type
Brief
Resource Format
PDF
This brief explains the importance of ensuring there is a match between an intervention for children and families and the local context and proposes a set of core elements that can be used to define contextual fit and guide practice, policy, and research. Eight elements are described and include: the extent to which an intervention meets an identified need for a particular target population; the extent to which the core features of an intervention are well defined; demonstrated effectiveness of the intervention for the target population and the outcomes of interest; the practicality of the intervention; clarity regarding how implementers will acquire the skills to use an intervention as intended; the match between the intervention and the values and preferences of those who will implement the intervention, benefit from the intervention, and manage and support the intervention; the ability and willingness to allocate the resources needed for both initial adoption and sustained implementation; and the values and preferences of those making administrative decisions. Additional information is provided on the evaluation of contextual fit, policy implications, and research implications. Numerous references.

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