Module 4: Developing Interventions
Because evidence-based programs are rigorously studied and evaluated, communities implementing them can tell funders the program is likely to be effective if it is implemented correctly. This assumes the chosen program was developed under similar conditions with an appropriate audience and follows the same procedures.
Evidence-based programs can be adapted, but changes must be made carefully to avoid eliminating aspects of the program that are responsible for strong results. Once you identify an appropriate program for your community, it is important to consult existing resources to guide the implementation and adaptation of the intervention.
For a broad overview of rural program development, see Developing a Rural Community Health Program in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.