Why Education Needs More Integrity (and Less Fidelity) of Implementation

February 27, 2017

One of the top ten Carnegie Commons Blog posts of 2016, “What We Need in Education is More Integrity (and Less Fidelity) of Implementation,” from October 2011, offers a critical challenge to the very idea of “implementation fidelity.” Paul LeMahieu explains why local context overrides all other concerns about education interventions, education programs, and fidelity of implementation, offering integrity of implementation as a better substitute: “This idea of integrity in implementation allows for programmatic expression in a manner that remains true to essential empirically-warranted ideas while being responsive to varied conditions and contexts.” Read more here.