ASPE Releases Series of Briefs Focused on Evidence

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded Child Trends a contract for the project “Emphasizing Evidence-Based Programs for Children and Youth: An Examination of Policy Issues and Practice Dilemmas Across Federal Initiatives.” This contract was designed to assemble the latest thinking and knowledge on implementing evidence-based programs and developing evidence-informed approaches. This project has explored the challenges confronting stakeholders involved in the replication and scale-up of evidence-based programs and the issues around implementing evidence-informed strategies. As part of this contract, three research briefs have been developed that focus on critical implementation considerations:

Key Implementation Considerations for Executing Evidence-Based Programs: Project Overview
This brief introduces key themes that emerged from the Forum, Emphasizing Evidence-Based Programs for Children and Youth which convened leading practitioners and researchers with experience using and evaluating evidence-based programs (EBPs) for children and youth. Experts discussed challenges encountered when selecting and replicating EBPs and identified approaches for developing evidence-informed programs when EBPs are not available or applicable for a given population.   

The Importance of Quality Implementation for Research, Practice, and Policy
This research brief discusses some fundamentals of quality program implementation that have been identified through research and practice and that may be useful for both practitioners and researchers. The brief also explains how implementation should focus on core components, allowing adaptation of other aspects to suit the population and setting.

Core Intervention Components: Identifying and Operationalizing What Makes Programs Work
This brief is part of a series that explores key implementation considerations important to consider when replicating evidence-based programs for children and youth. It focuses on the importance of identifying, operationalizing, and implementing the “core components” of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions that likely are critical to producing positive outcomes.