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Title:Using What Works: Adapting Evidence-Based Programs to Fit Your Needs
Pub. date: April 2006
Includes: book + CD, or download pdf documents from web site
Audience: Nutrition Educators
Language: English
Description:Using What Works: Adapting Evidence-Based Programs to Fit Your Needs is a train-the-trainer course designed for health promoters and educators on the national, regional, State and local levels. This course teaches users how to plan a health program using evidence-based programs, also known as research-tested programs. Evidence-based programs have already been conducted, evaluated, and shown to be effective in a given community.
Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Developer: Laura Boyle and Megan Homer
Organization: National Cancer Institute, Department of Health and Human Services
Use Restrictions: may copy
Reviewers Comments: Tired of creating your own community nutrition programs? Try using someone else’s! This course was developed to teach participants how to use existing evidence-based programs as a starting place to develop their own programs. Over the course of five modules, participants learn how to conduct a needs assessment and find an evidence-based program that will work best in their community, how to adapt the program for their specific audience, and how to evaluate the success of their program.

The complete trainer materials include a curriculum book and a CD-Rom. The CD-Rom includes the entire training manual and a file containing all of the handouts, which can be printed for participants to use during the training. Because of the train-the-trainer approach used in this course, it can be used at a state level and then over again by educators in local agencies. In addition to the five modules, the curriculum materials contain “Tips for Trainers”, a bibliography, a glossary, and The Cambodian Women’s Health Project Materials (on the CD-Rom).

Each module contains its own specific purpose and objectives, trainer talking points, discussions, slides and handouts, optional activities and a case study (the introductory module does not include a case study activity). The case study was designed to help participants apply what they have learned in the modules and includes questions and specific activities to help guide the process. Because the module was developed for cancer control planners, the case study is based on an evidence-based program about cervical cancer prevention. However, by changing the case study, the course can be used for any health issue. In addition, the tutorial uses resources and information posted on the Web portal Cancer Control Planet (

Each module contains an approximation for how long it will take to complete, however, the lesson can be modified to fill the time you have for the lesson by adding or taking out activities. The modules do not all need to be implemented at the same time, but it is recommended that they are presented in order, as they build on each other. If it is necessary to skip a module due to time constraints, recommendations are given on how to do this without compromising the rest of the curriculum.

With the number of existing evidence-based programs available in the field of community nutrition, it doesn’t make sense to reinvent the wheel. This curriculum may save educators valuable time and resources by teaching how to adapt existing programs to meet individuals’ needs.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: National Cancer Institute
    Mail: Publications Ordering Service, P.O. Box 24128
Baltimore, MD 21227
    Phone: (800) 4 CANCER or (800) 422-6237
    Fax: (301) 330-7968
    Ordering: TTY: 1-800-332-8615 (US only)
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 0.00 per materials
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:free to 20 copies, afterwards $.15 per copy for shipping

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