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Article  October 21, 2020

Improving Implementation of Programs and Practices for Children with Disabilities

SRI Authors Debra Shaver



Shaver, D., Wagner, M., Nagle, K. & Ryan, T. (2015). Improving implementation of programs and practices for children with disabilities. Lessons learned from the Model Demonstration Coordination Center. SRI International.


This report synthesizes findings of the Model Demonstration Coordination Center (MDCC), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from 2005 to 2015. MDCC worked with 34 model demonstration and technology implementation grantees to identify characteristics of an effective implementation and intervention refinement process—one that moves a practice or tool from early testing to full implementation, sustained implementation, and wider adoption. Working with these 34 grantees provided MDCC with a valuable opportunity to examine experiences across a diverse set of interventions, settings, and populations as a basis for identifying strategies grantees have used to produce high-quality implementation and sustainment of interventions.

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