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ERIC Number: ED185789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Standardized Intervention Programs: Preliminary Data on Descriptive Characteristics, Methods of Dissemination and Problems of Implementation.
Paine, Stan C.
To gather descriptive data regarding basic characteristics of existing standardized programs and to determine the extent to which the programs have been adopted and replicated following their initial development, a questionnaire was designed and sent to the developers of 20 standardized behavior intervention programs serving normal and moderately to severely handicapped individuals in school, home/residential, and work settings. Among findings collected from 17 respondents were that 82.4% had observed "program drift" (gradual deterioration in the quality of program implementation); that the practices of using demonstration and training centers and of providing long term training (more than once a week) in program procedures were rated most effective in getting standardized programs into the field; and that the problem which was the most serious to developers was the lack of sufficient funding to implement programs with maximum care and precision. Respondents offered suggestions (such as to develop an efficient quality control system) for reducing program drift. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented as part of a symposium entitled "Issues in the Dissemination of Standardized Intervention Programs" at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis (5th, Dearborn, MI, June, 1979).