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Program Measures

New Documents & Guidance

APR Overview for 2021
Slide presentation
Webinar recording (skip to index 28.00)

APR Guidance for 2020-2021
This guidance document provides considerations and resources related to collecting and reporting data during COVID.

APR Fillable Form
This form can be used by projects as they put together or review their Program/GPRA measures to ensure they have all of the necessary elements of the measures.

APR Exemplar Draft from a New 2020 Project 
Idaho’s draft measures for their new FY2020 project will provide a sense of how to put together Program and Project measures.

Program Measure Changes Webinar (May 5, 2020)
Slide presentation      Event Recording
This webinar describes the changes that were in place for the 2020 SPDG cohort (FY 2020). All other SPDG projects will continue to respond to the same GPRA measures

Shauna Harps and Brad Keller describe best practices in writing and describing your measures in “What You Can Do to Improve Your Program Measure Submission”:

For FY 2015, 2016, and 2017 Grantees:
EB-PD Worksheet with Bullets
Worksheet Exemplar: GA SPDG
Rubric A: SPDG Evidence-based Professional Development Components Rubric (Posted 1/15/15)

For FY 2020 Grantees:
Revised EB-PD Worksheet to be used only by new grantees (FY 2020).
Side-by-side comparison of revised and previous EB-PD components.

Exemplar Continuation Reports
Exemplar annual report (APR) from Arkansas
Please use this report to see how Program and Project measures are included in the Status Charts:

Exemplar Final Report
Alabama Exemplar Final Report

Recent Program Measures Guidance

Background Resources — By Measure

Program Measure 1: Evidence-based Professional Development.
Projects use evidence-based professional development practices to support the attainment of identified competencies.

Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., Blase, K. A., Friedman, R. M. & Wallace, F. (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, The National Implementation Research Network (FMHI Publication #231).  Download all or part of the monograph for free at:

An Evidence-Based Approach to Professional Development PPT (SPDG Directors’ Webinar 2/2010) Carol M. Trivette, Ph.D. and Carl J. Dunst, Ph.D., Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, Asheville and Morganton, North Carolina

Developing Training Capacity for Statewide Implementation of Michigan’s Integrated Behavior & Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi): A Response to Intervention Model for Reading & Behavior Support [DOC]

Trivette, C. M., Dunst, C. J., Hamby, D.W., & O’Herin, C. E. (2009). Characteristics and consequences of adult learning methods and strategies (Winterberry Research Synthesis, Vol. 2, No. 2). Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.

Dunst, C. J., & Trivette, C. M. (2009). Let’s Be PALS: An Evidence-Based Approach to Professional Development. Infants & Young Children 22. No. 3, 164–176. [Purchase Here:]

Guskey, T. R. (2000). Evaluating professional development (pp. 79-81). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Dusenbury, L., Brannigan, R., Falco, M., & Hansen, W.B. (2003). A review of research on fidelity of implementation: Implications for drug abuse prevention in school settings. Health Education Research, 18, 237–256. Link to view article

Dane, A.V., & Schneider, B.H. (1998). Program integrity in primary and early secondary prevention: Are implementation effects out of control? Clinical Psychology Review, 18, 23– 45. Link to view article.

O’Donnell, C. L. (2008). Defining, conceptualizing, and measuring fidelity of implementation and its relationship to outcomes in K–12 curriculum intervention research. Review of Educational Research, 78, 33–84. Download Article Link

Mowbray, C. T., Holter, M. C., Teague, G. B., & Bybee, D. (2003). Fidelity criteria: Development, measurement, and validation. American Journal of Evaluation, 24, 315–340. Link to Journal website