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In-Person Implementation of MAD during COVID-19

As schools and community-based youth organizations are starting to open up, on-site implementation of evidence-based programs (EBPs) may be possible again. In the interest of keeping young people and staff safe, the implementation conditions will be different and in many ways restricted. On-site implementation in schools and community organizations may be impacted by:
  • Educator's personal comfort level
  • Social distancing guidelines; young people will be required to stay at their desks
  • Small group size, possibly below the recommended EBP developer guidelines
  • Hybrid instruction in schools; some youth will be on site, others will participate online
  • Reduced time periods due to cleaning procedures and other logistical issues
  • Restrictions on sharing handouts and other material with youth

Preparation Checklist

Though schools and organizations aim to keep young people and staff safe, they may differ in their policies and practices. We recommend using the preparation checklist to investigate the conditions for implementation at each site.

On-Site EBP Implementation Under COVID-19 -- Preparation Checklist

Master List of Adaptations

Due to social distancing and safety guidelines, adaptations -- especially regarding the interactive group exercises and games -- will have to be considered. Planning and preparation will be important. We recommend that supervisors work with their team to create a master list of adaptations, submitting it to ACT for Youth prior to implementation.


Webinar: In-Person EBP Implementation during COVID-19 (10/6/20)

Webinar Recording

Sample Master List

Sample Master List for BPBR On-Site Delivery during COVID-19

Planning Tools for Creating Master Lists

Making a Difference

Alternative Video Guidance

ETR's Alternative Video Guidance document directs educators to free videos that can be used to replace the videos in MPC, BPBR, and MAD. The identified alternative videos were selected for their ease of use and medically accurate and inclusive content. For each video, ETR has provided new discussion questions and key points or takeaways for the educator.

Alternative Video Guidance