Some good articles/links – evidence-based programs and practice

(Photo: tpsdave)
(Photo: tpsdave)

[Links check and updated, 18 September 2019]

Four weeks ago I posted some articles about evidence-based programs and practice. As I’ve continued looking, I’ve found many more useful resources and thus decided to include some more. This time, most of them come from a great site What Works Wisconsin – Effective Programs and Resources for Children, Youth and Families which is an initiative of the University of Wisconsin (Family Living Programs). It has lots of other good material, but these are some of them ones that stood out for me.

I should point out too, that often the photo for “Some good articles/links” doesn’t have much to do with the topic (although there can be a vague connection in my mind). The photos are just ones that I’ve liked as I’ve looked around the net.

Evidence-based programs: An overview from What Works Wisconsin – “Discussions of evidence-based programs typically assume a certain level of familiarity with the subject. This brief describes what it means for a program to be ‘evidence-based,’ the advantages and disadvantages of adopting and implementing evidence-based programs, and where you can learn more about evidence-based programs.” It includes links to a number of registries of evidence-based programs (mainly USA based).

Guidelines for selecting an evidence-based program: Balancing community needs, program quality, and organizational resources from What Works Wisconsin – “There are several important considerations when selecting an evidence-based program for implementation. With questions to ask yourself and a list of online program registries, this brief gives you the tools you need to assess whether a program is the right one to implement in your community.”

Program fidelity and adaptation: Meeting local needs without compromising program effectiveness from What Works Wisconsin – “In this brief, we review the types of changes that are often made to programs when they are implemented, and the effects these changes can have. We also suggest strategies for maintaining program effectiveness while ensuring that the program is appealing to participants and meets local needs.”

Strategies for recruiting and retaining participants in prevention programs from What Works Wisconsin – “This brief offers strategies based in research and practice for making a program attractive and worthwhile to youth and families, recruiting participants, and keeping them involved.”

Best practices for parent education and support programs from What Works Wisconsin – A discussion of evidence-based practices that can help improve parent education and support programs. There is also a 2-page summary.

The Hexagon Tool: An exploration tool from the National Implementation Science Network – can help you in thinking whether a particular program is appropriate for a particular contexts. It encourages you to think about six broad factors: needs, fit, resource availability, evidence, readiness for replication and capacity to implement.

This post came from a project I’m working on supporting nine children and parenting support programs in regional and rural NSW to enhance their capacity to implement evidence-based programs and practice. The project was funded by the Department funded by the Department of Social Services through the Children and Families Expert Panel. You can see other posts relating to this work at

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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