This project has two broad areas of focus: (1) supporting the replication of evidence-based programs and (2) providing the field with the latest thinking on current strategies that can be used to develop evidence-informed approaches. For over two years, ASPE and Child Trends have worked with leading experts to determine the major gaps in knowledge around the replication and scale-up of evidence-based programs for children and youth. The project began by assembling a core group of five experts in the topical areas of program replication, scale-up, and adaptation. The group also represented the perspectives of state and local program implementers, researchers, and program developers.
With guidance from the group about pressing topics in the field, ASPE and Child Trends convened more than 80 researchers and practitioners who have grappled at many levels with the work of evaluating and implementing an array of programs. These experts were varied in their background and area of expertise, including human services, social science research, education, mental health, and research methodology. Participants represented foundations, universities, state and Federal agencies, social programs, and research firms. The Forum focused on this research-practice gap to examine factors that encourage or inhibit EBP implementation, replication, and scale-up.
This brief summarizes themes that emerged from Forum discussions and introduces the primary topics that were introduced during the Forum. These topics have been further developed as issue briefs.