CSAC Bulletin Article

Implementation Oversight for Evidence-Based Programs
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Issue Brief

May 26, 2016

Policy-makers and other stakeholders want to use evidence-based practices that really work to produce the intended outcomes. However, the term ”evidenced-based practice” has become somewhat of a rubber-stamp. For many, the question is “Why do they not get the outcome intended with evidenced-based programs?”

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a joint project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, published an issue brief “Implementation Oversight for Evidence-Based Programs.” In this brief, they found that implementation is a key component to the success of evidenced-based practices.

Many agencies fail to follow the programs with fidelity causing an opposite effect than intended. The programs need to properly asses their population through risk assessment and determine which program produce desired outcomes in similar settings.

In addition, training, technical assistance along with monitoring and system development needs to be inclusive in the overall implementation of evidenced-based practices. The use of evidenced-based practices is not sufficient to receive the proper outcome, fidelity and monitoring of the program is equally important.

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