Prevention Science

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 47–53

Issues in Disseminating and Replicating Effective Prevention Programs

  • Delbert S. Elliott
  • Sharon Mihalic

DOI: 10.1023/B:PREV.0000013981.28071.52

Cite this article as:
Elliott, D.S. & Mihalic, S. Prev Sci (2004) 5: 47. doi:10.1023/B:PREV.0000013981.28071.52


The new frontier for prevention research involves building a scientific knowledge base on how to disseminate and implement effective prevention programs with fidelity. Toward this end, a brief overview of findings from the Blueprints for Violence Prevention-Replication Initiative is presented, identifying factors that enhance or impede a successful implementation of these programs. Findings are organized around five implementation tasks: site selection, training, technical assistance, fidelity, and sustainability. Overall, careful attention to each of these tasks, together with an independent monitoring of fidelity, produced a successful implementation with high fidelity and sustainability. A discussion of how these findings inform the present local adaptation-fidelity debate follows.

dissemination replication fidelity prevention implementation 

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© Society for Prevention Research 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Delbert S. Elliott
    • 1
  • Sharon Mihalic
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral ScienceUniversity of ColoradoBoulder

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