Teachers are responsible for using evidence-based practices to improve students’ academic and behavioral outcomes. Although teachers have access to a variety of resources on evidence-based practices, poor implementation can adversely affect their effectiveness. However, an inadequate student response to intervention may also be the result of a mismatch between the practice and the student’s needs. As a result, it is important for teachers to determine the degree to which they implement evidence-based practices as intended to determine if an inadequate student response is due to poor implementation or inappropriate selection of intervention. The authors discuss the importance of fidelity of implementation and methods teachers can use to measure implementation fidelity. The authors discuss suggested methods and examples.
McKenna, John W., Flower, Andrea, and Ciullo, Stephen. (2014). Measuring Fidelity to Improve Intervention Effectiveness. Intervention in School and Clinic, 50, 15-21.