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Program

A planned, coordinated group of activities and processes designed to achieve a specific purpose. A program should have specified procedures (e.g., a defined curriculum, an explicit number of treatment or service hours, and an optimal length of treatment) to ensure the program is implemented with fidelity to its model. It may have, but does not necessarily need, a “brand” name and may be implemented at single or multiple locations.

On the CrimeSolutions.gov website, a program is distinguished from a practice. Whereas the evidence base for a program is derived from one to three individual program evaluations, the evidence base for a practice is derived from one or more meta-analyses.