Getting to Outcomes, 2004: Promoting Accountability through Methods and Tools for Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

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Chapter Four
QUESTION #4: What Actions Need to Be
Taken So That the Selected Program
“Fits” the Community Context?

Definition of Program Fit

Program fit can be thought of

in a variety of ways. In this question, the idea is that there should be an assessment of how the proposed intervention (chosen in the previous chapter) will fit with:

Program fit is…

the degree to which a selected best practice program fits within the program and community context.

values and practices of the community
the characteristics (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity, language, rural/urban, level of need, etc.) of the target populations
the philosophical mission of the host agency or organization
the culture of the target population, which affects how they can be reached and best served (e.g., poor mothers with several young children at home may not be able to travel to distant programs)
the community's level of readiness for the prevention intervention
the priorities of key stakeholders, including funders, policymakers, service providers, community leaders, and program participants
other programs and services that already exist to serve the targeted population.

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