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Looking More Deeply: Fidelity of Implementation as a Critical Component in Evaluating Intervention Impaces
Hornbacher, Margaret; Dretzke, Beverly; Peterson, Kristin; Hickey, Meghan (Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, 2008)
 

Title 
Looking More Deeply: Fidelity of Implementation as a Critical Component in Evaluating Intervention Impaces

Issue Date
2008-03

Publisher
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement

Type
Conference Paper

Abstract
This study investigated the use of fidelity of implementation measures in concert with standardized tests in a matched-pairs, quasi-experimental design for evaluation of a pilot intervention program that was designed to increase second and third graders’ mathematics and reading achievement. Although students in pilot classrooms characterized by high fidelity generally performed at the same level as control students , students in low fidelity pilot classrooms performed at a significantly lower level compared to both control students and students in high fidelity pilot classrooms. We found that the fidelity measures allowed more indepth analysis of the intervention’s component parts and increased the confidence with which the project’s major questions could be addressed, thereby providing more useful information to school district personnel.

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Suggested Citation
Hornbacher, Margaret; Dretzke, Beverly; Peterson, Kristin; Hickey, Meghan. (2008). Looking More Deeply: Fidelity of Implementation as a Critical Component in Evaluating Intervention Impaces. Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, http://purl.umn.edu/138038.


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