What Do We Do Now?

Posted on July 3, 2008

Dissemination in the community is the primary issue for the field today, states Nancy Gonzales (bio).

 

I think the big question that is motivating me now and probably also causing me the most anxiety is kind of the big question for the field, which is what do we do now? We know, we basically have identified some pretty solid practices that we know can prevent and treat a variety of child problems. And we know that we can package them up in program manuals, and we can have strong effects when you're done in a controlled setting.

But seeing those programs take the next step in terms of being disseminated broadly, trying to think through how one does that, I think is probably what's next for me and motivating because I don't really know the answers. I think it's going to force me and the field to get out of our comfort zone and collaborate with different disciplines more than we have been doing. I think it's causing us to rethink what we've done and recognize that we made some mistakes and we could have done things differently.

But again, the opportunity to reshape our models for how to do things and be thinking about some of these dissemination issues earlier then, not waiting until you get to the point where you have demonstrated efficacy and you have a program that's not really feasible, to kind of really integrate those ways of thinking earlier on in the process.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2008 Developing Interventions for Latino Children, Youth, and Families Conference in St. Louis, MO.

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