Establishing Effectiveness: An Innovation Tale

  • Rosalyn BertramEmail author
  • Suzanne Kerns


For years, program developers devised innovative practices in university settings that reliably treated a host of emotional and behavioral health problems only to find that when they disseminated the innovative practice into community settings, its effectiveness diminished, and often quite considerably. This is a substantial concern for treatment developers and communities. This chapter uses an allegorical tale to spotlight pathways that must be traversed to establish and disseminate an evidence-based practice.


Client characteristics Dissemination Efficacy trials, effectiveness trials Transportability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor, School of Social WorkUniversity of Missouri–Kansas CityKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Research Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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