PerformWell to Host Webinar on Scaling Effective Interventions with Leading Implementation Expert Dr. Dean Fixsen

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PerformWell, a partnership between The Urban Institute, Child Trends and Social Solutions, has opened registration for its October 14 webinar “Scaling an Effective Intervention: How to Build Implementation Capacity, Replicate with Fidelity, and Produce Consistent Outcomes.”

The webinar comes at a critical time for human services, when, despite billions of public dollars invested to figure out what works to solve social problems, programs have, on a national scale, produced poor outcomes.

PerformWell, a partnership between The Urban Institute, Child Trends and Social Solutions, has opened registration for its October 14 webinar “Scaling an Effective Intervention: How to Build Implementation Capacity, Replicate with Fidelity, and Produce Consistent Outcomes.”

Moderated by Ingvild Bjornvold, Social Solutions’ Director of Strategic Initiatives, the free webinar features leading implementation expert Dr. Dean Fixsen, Founder of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) and Co-Director of the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP).

The webinar comes at a critical time for human services, when, despite billions of public dollars invested to figure out what works to solve social problems, programs have, on a national scale, produced poor outcomes. While evidence-based programs and practices are often researched under ideal conditions, practitioners are unable to implement the interventions with fidelity to the original model, resulting in inconsistent outcomes. The collective focus on innovation has come at the expense of paying attention to what it takes to replicate effective programs and practices under real-world conditions.

Fixsen will explore what it takes to improve social outcomes on a large scale by making effective use of interventions, including:

  •     What must be in place in order for an evidence-based program or practice to be replicable.
  •     What effective implementation looks like and how to build the necessary implementation capacity to replicate with fidelity.
  •     What conditions are required to enable successful implementation and how to put those conditions in place.

The webinar will also explore active implementation frameworks and how they have been put to successful use in various contexts. Questions from the audience will also be taken.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2014 3 pm -4:30 pm EDT. To register, click here.

Dean Fixsen, PhD, began his career in human services in 1963 as a Psychiatric Aide in a large state hospital for children with profound developmental delays. Dean received his doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1970. Dean has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes in provider organizations and service delivery systems, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults. Dean is co-author of the highly regarded monograph, Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. He has served on numerous editorial boards and has advised federal, state, and local governments. Dean is a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Founder (with Karen Blase) of the National Implementation Research Network; Co-Director (with Barbara Sims, Karen Blase, Rob Horner, and George Sugai) of the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center; and Co-Chair (with Jen Schroeder, Bianca Albers, and Allison Metz) of the Global Implementation Conference. (GIC 2015 will be held in Dublin, Ireland).

PerformWell is a partnership between:

The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic, and governance challenges facing the nation. It provides information, analyses, and perspectives to public and private decision makers to help them address these problems and strives to deepen citizens’ understanding of the issues and trade-offs that policy makers face. Since the 1970′s, the Urban Institute has been a pioneer in developing outcome and performance measures for the nonprofit and public sectors.

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children.

Social Solutions is the leading provider of performance management software for human services organizations. Founded in 2000 by human services professionals, Social Solutions’ ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software gives organizations a clear picture of which of their efforts are working and which are not. With this information human service professionals can make appropriate adjustments to their approach and continuously improve their performance.

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