Reliable effectiveness: a theory on sustaining and replicating worthwhile innovations.
ABSTRACT While many health and human service innovations are sustained and replicated, it has been a puzzle how to sustain and replicate the performance of the better ones. What knowledge, skills, and conditions are required to reproduce across space and time the effectiveness of those innovations that are the most worthwhile? An extensive body of literature and experience is reviewed to suggest a comprehensive conceptual framework of programmatic, organizational, and environmental factors that may shape the circumstances for sustaining and replicating effectiveness.
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ABSTRACT: Increased availability of research-supported, school-based prevention programs, coupled with the growing national policy emphasis on use of evidence-based practices, has contributed to a shift in research priorities from efficacy to implementation and dissemination. A critical issue in moving research to practice is ensuring high-quality implementation of both the intervention model and the support system for sustaining it. The paper describes a three-level framework for considering the implementation quality of school-based interventions. Future directions for research on implementation are discussed.Advances in School Mental Health Promotion. 06/2008; 1(3):6-28.
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ABSTRACT: Although sustainability is frequently described as a project goal in community-based programs, concentrated efforts to sustain interventions beyond the conclusion of research funding have only recently emerged as a focus of implementation research. The current paper describes a study of behavioral consultation to after-school program staff in low-SES, urban communities. Following consultation, staff use of four recommended tools and strategies was examined, emphasizing facilitators and barriers to sustainability. Results indicated high perceived utility and intention to use intervention components, but low sustainability at two follow-up time points within 1 year after the initial consultation concluded. Findings suggest that ongoing implementation support in community settings may be necessary to ensure the sustainability of interventions and meet the mental health needs of participating high-risk youth.Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 03/2011; 38(6):504-17. · 3.44 Impact Factor