ERIC Number: EJ1019671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Fidelity in After-School Program Intervention Research: A Systematic Review
Maynard, Brandy R.; Peters, Kristen E.; Vaughn, Michael G.; Sarteschi, Christine M.
Research on Social Work Practice, v23 n6 p613-623 Nov 2013
Objective: This study examined whether and to what extent researchers addressed intervention fidelity in research of after-school programs serving at-risk students. Method: Systematic review procedures were used to search, retrieve, select, and analyze studies for this review. Fifty-five intervention studies were assessed on the following components of intervention fidelity: strategies to enhance fidelity, measurement of fidelity, and use of fidelity data in data analysis and interpretation. Results: Of the 55 studies examined, only 55% reported well-defined intervention procedures, 42% used an intervention manual, 33% provided training on the intervention, 24% provided supervision for the implementers, 29% measured fidelity, only 4% used fidelity data in their analysis, and no studies reported the reliability of fidelity measures. Conclusion: Findings indicate an overall lack of attention to and reporting of intervention fidelity in after-school intervention studies. Implications for practice, policy, and research are discussed.
Descriptors: Intervention, Fidelity, After School Programs, At Risk Students, Literature Reviews, Data Analysis, Research Utilization, Selection Criteria, Social Work, Measurement Techniques, Search Strategies
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