At various times, we were presented with recommendations for specific programmatic changes from parents, professionals, and state legislators: for example, to adopt the Son-Rise program, to integrate verbal behavior programming, and to endorse the use of special diets. In each case, I led reviews conducted with multiple partners, and drafted formal written reports and responses as needed.
I introduced evidence-based practice as language in a wide range of state legislation, regulations, and memoranda of agreement, addressing assessment, intervention, and oversight.
In addition to these, it is important to understand the program's infrastructure: how big it is, how it is staffed, how it is funded, how it related to other services or agencies, and how training and oversight is provided. In some cases, it quickly becomes clear that this infrastructure may be a significant factor in a role in the program's success: for example, a program that charges high fees or maintains a high staff:student ratio may be more successful simply because of the intensity of support it can offer. If those fees cannot be charged, or those ratios maintained, it may become difficult to replicate.