Adapt program to fit context
Adapt Program to Fit Context
Amongst the skill-building programs in our evidence base, those in which the study authors modified an existing curriculum or those with a flexible curriculum that was not rigidly scripted were associated with greater improvements in self-regulation. Modifying a standard curriculum to better suit the particular needs of the participants, the setting, or time constraints may increase engagement, promote equity, and increase the quality of services provided. Similarly, programs that are developed with flexibility in mind are adaptable for a range of participants and issues. In either case, programs that are adaptable require careful thought about the diverse characteristics and challenges faced by participants and the nature of the delivery settings to be most successful.
While there are benefits to using scripted curricula as they are designed, including the possibility of making it easier to attain implementation fidelity, you are the expert of your specific context. Our results suggest that being responsive to your setting and participants with a flexible or modifiable program can result in beneficial outcomes.