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A Road Map to Implementing Evidence-Based Programs

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This section will introduce you to some of the terms used in the field of implementation science and research.

To begin, the general term program, as used in this course, refers to an intervention designed to bring about specific outcomes for specific purposes or populations. An example would be a program based on scientific principles designed to prevent drug abuse by children.

Implementation refers to putting the program — and the scientific principles — to work in a real setting, such as a school or community to bring benefits to a particular target audience.

Dissemination of programs refers to the targeted distribution of information and program materials to a specific public health or clinical practice audience. The intent is to spread knowledge about the programs and encourage their use.

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