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What are Evidence-Based Programs?

What are evidence-based interventions or programs?  For that matter, what do we consider as “evidence”?  What do we mean by delivering an intervention with fidelity?

Evidence-based programs are those that have been proven, through research, to achieve certain goals. The more evidence there is that a particular program, or approach, produces the desired results, the higher the level of confidence providers can have that the program, if used correctly, will achieve the outcomes that were seen in research studies.

As a starting point, here are some of the most common terms used in the behavioral health field regarding interventions, and how they are defined.

References: (1) American Psychological Association. American Psychological Association policy statement on evidence-based practice in psychology. 2005. Aug, Retrieved March 6, 2006, from
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