Blase and Fixsen Author Research Brief on Core Intervention Components

Date Published: 04/01/2013

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published 3 research briefs on the ASPE website. The new briefs were developed under the auspices of an ASPE contract with Child Trends titled “Emphasizing Evidence-Based Programs for Children and Youth: An Examination of Policy Issues and Practice Dilemmas Across Federal Initiatives.” The contract was designed to assemble the latest thinking and knowledge on implementing evidence-based programs and developing evidence-based approaches.

FPG Senior Scientists and NIRN Co-Directors Dr. Karen Blase and Dr. Dean Fixsen are the authors of Core Intervention Components: Identifying and Operationalizing What Makes Programs Work. This brief focuses on the importance of identifying, operationalizing, and implementing the “core components” of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions that likely are critical to producing positive outcomes. It offers a definition of “core components,” discusses challenges and processes related to identifying and validating them, highlights rationales for the importance of operationalizing core components, and explores implications for selecting, funding, implementing, scaling up, and evaluating programs.

For more information, see National Implementation Research Network.