The following definitions have been drawn from numerous sources and are tailored specifically for content on the NREPP Web site. The terms defined here may have slightly different meanings in other settings.
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- Fidelity of implementation occurs when implementers of a research-based program or intervention (e.g., teachers, clinicians, counselors) closely follow or adhere to the protocols and techniques that are defined as part of the intervention. For example, for a school-based prevention curriculum, fidelity could involve using the program for the proper grade levels and age groups, following the developer's recommendations for the number of sessions per week, sequencing multiple program components correctly, and conducting assessments and evaluations using the recommended or provided tools.