Beyond Fidelity Checks: Measuring Multiple Dimensions of SEL Implementation

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. consider the utility in precise construct definitions and evaluation planning.
  2. understand a multidimensional approach to implementation measurement.
  3. understand commonly used assessment methods and gaps.


SEL program evaluations must include assessing the extent to which and how a program was implemented under often complex circumstances. This paper will review the results of a qualitative analysis of eight dimensions of implementation applied to Merrell’s Strong Kids program. Participants will review the dimensions and corresponding assessment methods. We will discuss operationalizing construct definitions and the ways a dimensional approach to implementation assessment can be used in practice and research.



Barbara A. Gueldner, Successful Kids Today
Caroline Wallace, Norwich Public Schools
Laura L. Feuerborn, University of Washington Tacoma
Hee Kyung Park, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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