The Transport of Evidence-Based Treatments: Keys to Success

Scott W. Henggeler, Medical University of South Carolina
Sonja K. Schoenwald, Medical University of South Carolina

As recently described by Schoenwald and Henggeler (in press), many variables potentially impact the implementation of evidence-based practices. This presentation focuses on several common features that are emerging in the successful transport of evidence-based practices:

1) Emphasis on treatment fidelity: Research and anecdotal evidence supports a link between treatment fidelity and youth outcomes. Yet, threats to treatment fidelity come from many sources. 2) Quality assurance: To address the multiple threats to fidelity, most evidence-based treatments embrace intensive quality assurance protocols. 3) Development of dedicated organizations: The skills required to develop and test a treatment model are very different than those needed to transport the model to field settings effectively. As such, dedicated organizations have become critical translators of research into practice. 4) Grappling with variations in service system and community context: Individuals within the dedicated training organizations must stay prepared to assist in addressing any threats to program viability.

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Updated 05/20/2006