ERIC Number: EJ1067000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Evidence-Based Programming within Cooperative Extension: How Can We Maintain Program Fidelity While Adapting to Meet Local Needs?
Olson, Jonathan R.; Welsh, Janet A.; Perkins, Daniel F.
Journal of Extension, v53 n3 Article 3FEA3 Jun 2015
In this article, we describe how the recent movement towards evidence-based programming has impacted Extension. We review how the emphasis on implementing such programs with strict fidelity to an underlying program model may be at odds with Extension's strong history of adapting programming to meet the unique needs of children, youth, families, and communities. We describe several techniques that Extension professionals can use to balance program fidelity and adaptability. We suggest that Extension stakeholders may be best served when we tailor certain aspects of interventions without changing the intervention's core components that are responsible for positive outcomes.
Descriptors: Extension Education, Best Practices, Research Utilization, Educational Practices, Program Implementation, Fidelity, Program Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Usability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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