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Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev. 2004 Sep;7(3):165-76.

Challenges in disseminating model programs: a qualitative analysis of the Strengthening Washington DC Families Program.

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  • 1Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, 2220C LeFrak Hall, College Park, Maryland 20742, USA.


This article discusses the challenges faced when a popular model program, the Strengthening Families Program, which in the past has been implemented on a smaller scale in single organizations, moves to a larger, multiorganization endeavor. On the basis of 42 interviews conducted with program staff, the results highlight two main themes that address program and organizational characteristics. The themes relate to the cultural relevance of the program, the accessibility of program partners, the organization of program services, and the coordination of program activities. The article also offers a discussion of how to better prepare sites for program delivery. This discussion focuses explicitly on the need for good communication among program partners, extensive community outreach, and the ability to secure additional resources.

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