Child & Youth Care Forum

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 109–117 | Cite as

Advancing Intervention Science Through Effectiveness Research: A Global Perspective

  • Laura Ferrer-WrederEmail author
  • Lena Adamson
  • Karol L. Kumpfer
  • Kyle Eichas
Original Paper



Effectiveness research is maturing as a field within intervention and prevention science. Effectiveness research involves the implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of the dissemination of evidence-based interventions in everyday circumstances (i.e., type 2 translational research). Effectiveness research is characterized by diverse types of research studies. Progress in this field has the potential to inform several debates within intervention science [e.g., fidelity versus local and cultural adaptation; identification of core components, effective dissemination systems).


To provide illustrations from different countries (Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, New Zealand, and the United States) of how intervention science might raise the value of future effectiveness or type 2 translational research.


Themes raised by individual articles and across articles are summarized and expanded on in this commentary.


Themes consist of raising awareness about the importance of effectiveness research on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based interventions and intervention support structures, as well as further development of strategies to bridge the gap between research and practice.


Effectiveness research has an important role to play in affecting systemic change on a population level and allowing us to gain a realistic global understanding of the phenomena we hope to change through interventions. Articles in this special issue provide reports from social scientists and practitioners located in various parts of the world and offer a rich, diverse portrait of effectiveness research and theory development. The totality of the work contained in this special issue anticipates many of the changes that intervention and prevention science will undergo as we progress and develop effective dissemination strategies for evidence-based interventions that promote positive youth development and prevent youth and family problems on a global scale.


Effectiveness research Type 2 translational research Evidence-based intervention Intervention science Prevention science 


Conflict of interest

The authors found no conflict of interest between themselves and any organization that may be affected by the publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Ferrer-Wreder
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lena Adamson
    • 2
  • Karol L. Kumpfer
    • 3
  • Kyle Eichas
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)/European CommissionSwedish Royal Technical CollegeStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of Health Promotion and EducationUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  4. 4.SafePlaceAustinUSA

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