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Fidelity & Adaptation

Fidelity & Adaptation

Choosing the right prevention program is so important. Once chosen, it is critical that a program is implemented with fidelity to get the best possible outcomes. Fidelity refers to the degree that an implemented program stays ‘true’ to what its designers intended. Consider the following factors when attempting to faithfully replicate a prevention program. 

  • Adherence: How much did your program stick to the original design? It is not always possible or even desirable (in the case of cultural adaptations) to administer a program exactly as designed. However, it is important to note any deviations from the design to see if these have impacted your outcomes in some way.
  • Dose: How much of the program did your target population receive? This refers to the number of classes or meetings participants actually attended, as well as the length and intensity of the program activities. It is important to keep track of the dose because it is quite possible that participants who attended more activities will show more change than those who left the program early.
  • Quality of delivery: In the end, how high was the quality of your program delivery? This refers to the level of staffing and training as well as the resources deployed during program activities. It is possible to follow a program manual precisely but without a focus on the quality of the delivery. This is often the result of poor planning, inadequate training, or lack of enthusiasm on the part of program staff.
  • Participant responsiveness: How did your target population respond to the program? A successful prevention program is not only well-implemented with a high level of quality, but it is also relevant to your participants. If your program is not meaningful and useful to your target audience, then even high-quality implementation will result in disappointing outcomes. Therefore, measuring the level of participant engagement is critical to understanding whether a program is effective.

However, it is also important to remember that often programs need to be modified to better fit the target population and the setting in which they are implemented. These modifications are called adaptations. Adaptations can be very useful and can even be a critical component of program success, but they can also compromise the fidelity with which a program is implemented. It is, therefore, necessary to find the right balance between adaptation and implementation fidelity.

When choosing an evidence-based program (EBP), it is important to consider how a program will fit with the cultural values of your target population, as well as how it will fit with the setting and resources available for implementation. If a program does not make cultural sense to your target audience, then it is unlikely to be effective. For this reason, a program developed and empirically supported in one community simply may not work in another. Additionally, a program needs to be feasible and practical in your specific setting to be implemented effectively.

However, it is possible that no one EBP is a perfect match for your situation. When this happens, it is often necessary to modify an existing program to better fit your needs.

  • Adaptation refers to any change a prevention program undergoes to meet specific needs. Adaptation can include two types of changes to programs:
  • Content: Making changes or additions to program manuals, tasks, and tools so that the content is more relevant to the target population. In order to be effective, these changes should reflect the use of both culturally-relevant names, terms, and examples (surface structure) and culturally-relevant concepts, themes, and issues (deep structure).
  • Delivery: Making changes to the way programs are carried out (e.g., methods, online, or in the classroom)

 Most programs are characterized by a set of "key ingredients" which are thought to be the main catalysts of program effectiveness. The rest of the program surrounds and supports these key ingredients. When making modifications to a program it is important to identify and keep the "key ingredients" in order to maintain program effectiveness. However, often other facets of the program can be changed without significantly diminishing program effectiveness. When changes are made to a program it is critical that they are recorded and monitored so that you can later understand if they had some major effect on the intended outcomes. Well-designed adaptations can actually increase the effectiveness of your program.

 

References

Castro, F., Barrera, M., and Martinez, C. (2004). The cultural adaptation of prevention interventions: resolving tension between fidelity and fit. Prevention Science, 5(1), 41-45.
 
Dusenbury, L., Brannigan, R., Falco, M., and Hansen, W. (2003). A review of research on fidelity of implementation: implications for drug abuse prevention in school settings. Health Education Research Theory & Practice, 18(2), 237-256. 
 
Moncher, F., and Prinz, R. (1991). Treatment fidelity in outcome studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 11, 247-266.
 
SAMHSA. (2015, October 1). Step 4: Implement. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/capt/applying-strategic-prevention-framework/step4-implement
Castro, F., Barrera, M., and Martinez, C. (2004). The cultural adaptation of prevention interventions: resolving tension between fidelity and fit. Prevention Science, 5(1), 41-45.
 
Resnicow, K., Baranowski, T., Ahluwalia, J.S., and Braithwaite, R.L. (1999). Cultural sensitivity in public health: defined and demystified. Ethnicity and Disease, 9 (1), 10-21.
 
SAMHSA. (2015, September 25). Cultural Competence. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/capt/applying-strategic-prevention/cultural-competence

May 2020

May 06 Wed
ADAD Zoom Training: Advanced Ethics

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Location

Zoom

May 14 Thu
Tri-Isle Prevention Network: Virtually Managing Staff And Running Programs

This training is for nonprofits in Maui County who are looking for ways to manage staff and run programs in a virtual environment.

Location

Zoom

May 15 Fri
ADAD Zoom Training: What You Need To Know About Kratom
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  • Understand the use of kratom and the effects on the body
  • Understand the difference between kratom and kava
  • Explore kratom's rising popularity in the US
  • Understand the current kratom debate over whether the drug is a healthy alternative to opioid misuse
  • Discuss how to assess this emerging drug trend within your work
Location

Zoom

May 21 Thu
Steps to Becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist

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Location

Zoom

May 21 Thu
ADAD Zoom Training: HIV, Hepatitis, STI 101 & Substance Use Counseling

Participants will be able to:
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2. List components of an effective risk assessment for sexually transmitted and other communicable disease.
3. Demonstrate risk reduction counseling techniques for people living with and at-risk for viral hepatitis, HIV, and STDs.

Location

Zoom

May 26 Tue
ADAD Zoom Training: Opioid Overdose Prevention And Response

Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Hawaii and around the U.S.  This interactive session will explore the impact of opioids on the body and identify the risks for accidental opioid overdose. Participants will be certified to administer Naloxone, the opioid antagonist.

Location

Zoom

May 27 Wed
ADAD Zoom Training: LGB&T Cultural Humility

This SAMHSA training was developed to provide practitioners and administrators’ familiarity and knowledge about the interaction between LGBT issues and substance use disorders. The curriculum offers skill-building knowledge enhancing practical abilities to offer sensitive, affirmative, culturally relevant, and effective treatment to LGBT individuals in substance use disorders treatment.

Location

Zoom

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Location

Zoom