• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Sunday 18th May, 2014

So your programme works. Do you know why?

Evaluations of parenting programmes traditionally examine if a programme works. Recently they have also explored for whom and under which circumstances a programme has the best effects – the result of a growing awareness that programmes don’t work the same for all participants. The questions of how and why something works are examined much less frequently, however.The resul…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Sunday 18th May, 2014

Real world dragging down your programme?

It is acknowledged as one of the more delicate moments in the development of evidence-based programmes, and the place where many go wrong. The moment in question is the transition from the ‘laboratory’ to the ‘real-world’– in other words, when the science is truly put into practice.The question is implementation. How do you make sure it is done effectively? In 2005, Dean Fixsen, co-direc…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Sunday 18th May, 2014

More than a change of language

When transferring an evidence-based programme across national frontiers, a simple language translation may not be enough. Results from a substance use prevention programme in Mexico suggest that wider cultural adaptations are necessary to maximise effectiveness.The importance of taking cultural differences into account is reinforced by the report from a pilot study where American researchers trans…

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