ERIC Number: ED467568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons Learned: What the WAY Program Can Teach Us about Program Replication.
Dale, Nan; Baker, Amy, J. L.; Racine, David
This report describes challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls that exist when attempting to replicate successful youth programs, focusing on the replication of a program originally developed by the Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, New York. The program was designed to motivate youth in the child welfare system's residential treatment program to stay in school and develop and practice sound work ethics after discharge from care. The program, "Work Appreciation for Youth," was implemented by four community-based organizations with out-of-school youth living in their own communities. Examination of the replication process suggests a number of key issues for consideration by administrators and practitioners of replication sites, sponsoring agencies, and funders. Findings highlight the fact that identifying successful program models and promoting replications is only part of the challenge. Successful replications require careful consideration of several key issues by the replicating site, sponsoring agency, and funding agency (e.g., establishing a mutually agreed-upon quality control mechanism for replication sites before starting; ensuring broad, high-level organizational commitment to the program; developing an implementation manual; making sure programs are large enough; allowing for extended startup time; and facilitating ongoing funding). (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Job Skills, Job Training, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Student Motivation, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.