Some Considerations for Behavior Analysts Developing Social Change Interventions

Richard W. Couch, Keith Miller, Michael Johnson, Thomas M. Welsh


The importance of a behavior analyst to the maintenance of established behavioral programs has long been recognized. A case example in the Experimental Living Project at the University of Kansas is discussed, providing an illustration of the degree of involvement that behavior analysts assume in such programs. We propose that the behavior analyst implemented critical but unspecified procedures necessary for maintaining the program. These results, together with similar findings reported by others, indicate that an ongoing program to train indigenous staff to perform specified critical procedures, and an awareness of critical design features of adoptable technology, could improve the maintainability of behavioral programs as the involvement of the behavior analyst is systematically reduced.

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