The Importance of Quality Implementation for Research, Practice, and Policy. Key Take-Away Messages


  1. Public policy decisions should be based on evaluations of programs that have been implemented with quality. Otherwise, the relative value and cost-effectiveness of alternative programs cannot be determined.
  2. Implementation is important for all child and youth programs and increasing the quality of implementation increases the chances that the program will yield its intended outcomes.
  3. It is possible to adapt an evidence-based program to fit local circumstances and needs as long as the program's core components, established by theory or preferably through empirical research, are retained and not modified.
  4. High quality implementation is the joint responsibility of multiple stakeholders who typically include funders/policy makers, program developers/researchers, local practitioners, and local administrators.

Although there are many factors that can affect quality of implementation and multiple steps in the implementation process, success is possible, resources are available to help select and implement evidence-based programs effectively.


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