Adapting other’s work

Interesting post from Prevention Action about some guidelines for adapting manualised programmes to work in other contexts.   Here are the 9 stages that are suggested:

  1. Choose a manual for adaptation (i.e. identify an empirically supported treatment; review the treatment’s theory and mechanisms of action; work out its adaptability for the new target population)
  2. Conduct focus groups with new target populations (to reflect on the proposed content and structure)
  3. Make initial revisions to the manual (based on feedback from target population)
  4. Pilot initial revisions of the manualized intervention
  5. Conduct focus groups with program facilitators
  6. Acquire an expert review of the manual
  7. Incorporate feedback from staff and experts
  8. Conduct an initial open-trial of the revised intervention
  9. Finalize the manual and conduct a randomized controlled trial
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