Research Review: Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: What Does It All Mean?

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Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County (Fla.)
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This brief begins by explaining what is meant by evidence-based programs, the development of criteria by different organizations to rate program effectiveness, and common elements. The difference between evidence-based practices and evidence-based programs is discussed, as well as the history of evidence-based programs and legislation that has been passed that support evidence-based programs. Examples of evidence-based programs are then profiled and include: Nurse-Family Partnership, High/Scope Petty Preschool Program, and the Incredible Years. Following sections address: strategies organizations can use to promote the use of evidence-based programs, reasons for implementing an evidence-based program, concerns regarding evidence-based programs, and fidelity versus adaptation of evidence-based programs. Finally, frequently asked questions about evidence-based programs are answered. Appendices include a chart that explains the evidence-based program rating system of different organizations. 22 references.

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