In HIV prevention and other health fields (e.g., tobacco, substance use, adolescent pregnancy), there continues to be an emphasis on the effective utilization and integration of evidence based approaches. A key to the effective translation of research to practice is a solid understanding of how core elements, service delivery and other components are relevant to the findings and the ability to effectively integrate and apply evidence based practices to real life situations without impacting desired behavioral outcomes. CAI has worked with health and social service organizations in the successful translation of research-to-practice for over 32 years.
CAI's training and technical assistance services help organizations and communities develop the necessary capacity to understand and effectively apply research practices in order to improve health outcomes. We provide our expertise in all areas pertinent to the effective translation of research to practice, including project planning, recruitment and retention, group facilitation skills, curriculum and materials development, adapting model programs for particular populations and settings, monitoring and evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.
CAI helps organizations and communities apply and integrate many types of research and evidence-based practices, including:
• Individual, group-level and community-level interventions, including "packaged" interventions developed for use by specific provider groups, such as Street Smart and Safety Counts, which are disseminated by CDC as part of its national Diffusion of Effective Behavioural Interventions program.
• Public health strategies, such as Social Networks Strategy, HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral, and Comprehensive Risk Reduction Counseling Strategies.
• Evidence-based counseling models such as motivational interviewing, breastfeeding peer counseling and authoritative-directive counseling.
• Population-based approaches such as Community-Based Prevention Marketing, Social Marketing and Community Mobilization for Policy Change.