Balancing fidelity and adaptation : a guide for evidence-based program implementation
Cooper, Brittany Rhoades
Diaz Martinez, AnaMaria
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The adoption of an effective program is only the first step toward achieving the positive youth and family outcomes community-based organizations aim to achieve. Research has demonstrated time and time again that high-quality implementation is critical if evidence-based programs are to attain their intended goal of improved youth and family outcomes. However, there continues to be substantial debate about whether evidence-based programs should be flexibly adapted to fit local contexts versus delivered with strict fidelity. This fact sheet will delve into the science of this debate, provide a useful analogy for understanding that science and present a best practices guide aimed at helping program coordinators and implementers effectively balance program fidelity with local adaptations in order to best meet the needs of their local communities.