Focus on Fidelity: Using CQI to Improve Program Implementation

1:00pm - September 23, 2021 thru 4:00pm - September 23, 2021 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes PTTC
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The Great Lake PTTC offers this training for prevention practitioners in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.  This training is offered in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Fidelity is the degree to which a program is implemented as intended. Prevention program teams should measure fidelity because nothing will change if the program is not implemented as intended. Despite this need, resources for collecting data to determine if a program is being implemented with fidelity are often limited. Paradoxically, a common problem is that programs waste a lot of time and resources collecting too much data. This training will focus on using Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) to increase implementation fidelity and reduce unnecessary data collection.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss fidelity and its relationship to program outcomes.
  2. Define Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).
  3. Identify CQI strategies.
  4. Apply CQI strategies to evidence-based programs.
  5. Design your own CQI strategies for selected evidence-based programs.



Certificates of attendance will be emailed to all participants who attend the training in full.

Presenter: Kyle Barrington, PhD

Kyle Barrington Kyle Barrington, Ph.D., has over 30 years of experience in substance misuse prevention and treatment. His experiences include being a substance abuse counselor, counseling director for a juvenile prison, director of a dual-diagnosis hospital unit for adults and youth, director of an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth, and evaluator for local and statewide organizations. Dr. Barrington has five published, peer-reviewed articles, has been a technical writer for two books, has been quoted in several scholarly articles, and has conducted over 300 program evaluations. Since 2015, he has been the principal investigator on five SAMHSA-funded programs to reduce co-occurring disorders in rural communities. As of March 2021, Dr. Barrington and his team at Zajonc Corporation are actively working with 14 different school districts in six states to help them implement and evaluate the effectiveness of 12 various evidence-based programs and practices