Stage Two: Select

What is this stage?

Select program(s) that aligns with your setting and population.

How does it influence sustainability?

The Select Stage ensures that you choose a program that aligns with your target population and has the highest likelihood of impacting outcomes. 

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Once you have a clear understanding of your population, organizational capacity and some of the environmental factors that may influence program success, it is time to select a program best suited to address the unique needs of your population and setting.

This stage includes the following key steps:

  • Establish program criteria based on your assessment results, (e.g. policy guidelines related to medical accuracy, population need and risk factors, stakeholder interest, organizational capacity) and develop a selection process.
  • Engage stakeholders, including representatives of your target population, to assist in the selection of a program that aligns with the assessment results.
  • Using adaptation guidelines from the program developer, make green-light adaptations according to the characteristics of your target population (if no guidelines exist, use this generic guidance).
  • To ensure that you have selected the right program, pilot the program in the selected setting and, based on results of the pilot, make final adaptations if needed. (Note: It may be determined that a different program is needed.) 

Program selection is a critical step in reaching intended outcomes. Level of needed adaptations must be considered during the selection process. For example, programs are more likely to be sustained if they align with organizational and local policies, so consider how these policies will influence the implementation of the proposed program with fidelity. If you would be required to make red-light adaptations in order to align with the needs of your population or setting, you will likely need to consider a different program.

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