Framework 1: Usable Innovations

Innovations (i.e., evidence-based programs or practices) need to be teachable, learnable, doable and readily assessed in practice.

Before implementing an evidence-based practice, it is vital to have a clear understanding of the program and its suitability for your agency or organization. It is necessary to have sufficient detail about the evidence-based practice so that you can train staff and administrators to use it competently; measure the use of the practice with fidelity or integrity; and replicate it across all of your implementing sites such as classrooms, schools, and districts (Fixsen et al., 2013; Metz, 2016). The following criteria need to be in place to ensure that your evidence-based practice is usable:

  • Clear description of the program
  • Clear program components that define the program
  • Operational definitions of program components
  • Practical fidelity assessment

SISEP Video Series: Voices from the Field - Evidence-Based Practices Video 3

Amanda Waldroup, Assistant Director Division of IDEA Implementation and Preschool Office of Special Education and Early Learning Kentucky Department of Education describes what it means for EBPs to be teachable, learnable, doable and assessable.