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Using Evidence-based Programs

While definitions vary, evidence-based programs generally indicate those interventions and activities that evaluations have shown to be effective at addressing a particular outcome. Evidence-based programs are not “one-size fits all.” Evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs reflect great diversity on characteristics including program approach, target population, implementation setting, length of the program, program outcomes, and length of program outcomes.

Key Considerations

  • When selecting evidence-based programs to implement, communities must ensure that the programs are a good fit to meet the needs of the target population, the implementation setting, the capacity of the implementing organization, and the desired outcomes.
  • Implementing programs with fidelity and quality increases the likelihood that the participants served will experience similar outcomes to those found in the original evaluation.
  • Adaptations to evidence-based programs are changes to the program content, program delivery, or core components of a program. Some adaptations are minor and might be necessary to make the program culturally relevant, current, and/or more engaging. However, other adaptations are major and can compromise fidelity and weaken the outcomes of the program and should be avoided.

Finding Evidence-based Programs

Selecting an Evidence-based Program

Implementing Evidence-based Programs

Adapting Evidence-based Programs

Replicating with Fidelity

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on March 4, 2020