Advancements in Procedural Fidelity Assessment and Intervention: Introduction to the Special Issue

Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Robin S. Codding

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Interest in procedural fidelity has grown rapidly since 1981 as evidenced by the growing numbers of research publications across disciplines on this topic. As a result, the past 30 years of research has yielded a variety of procedures to guide research and practice, which we hope translates into better educational practices and services. Despite our progress, much remains unknown. As an introduction to the special issue on advancements in procedural fidelity, this article will briefly describe the conceptual and definitional issues surrounding this topic, summarize the relevance of procedural fidelity to education and research, and highlight the articles in this issue that address proposed research priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Behavioral Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014

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In summary, failure to carefully attend to and measure the degree of implementation of the independent variable results in poor science and may have a profound impact on the applied work of practitioners who attempt to utilize research evidence in their clinical decision making. Numerous individuals and organizations have subsequently provided a range of procedural fidelity standards for designing research and reporting findings that will likely engender increasing support from editors and editorial boards and have already impacted access to federal funding through grant programs such as the Institute for Education Sciences (2013). Clearly, procedural fidelity has relevance to the design, reporting, and dissemination of research.


  • Assessment
  • Implementation integrity
  • Intervention
  • Procedural fidelity
  • Treatment integrity


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