After you have chosen an evidence-based program (EBP), you may need to adapt it to better serve the needs of the people the program is serving or the setting in which it is delivered.
This process—making thoughtful, strategic changes, while keeping the main elements of the program the same—is often called “program adaptation.” It can help you increase the impact and relevance of the program by making it fit your context more effectively.
To retain all of the benefits of the tested program, your version should match the original as closely as possible. The original program was successful and based on a certain set of core components. It is important to keep the core components the same, while making changes to the pieces that will make the program fit your community more effectively. After all, every community is different, and each organization running the program is unique, so nearly every program will need some customization.
Use the resources below to help find a balance between adaptation and the original program.