Diabetes Literacy

Seventh Framework Programme European Commission

Work Package 7: Implementation Fidelity


    To evaluate the implementation fidelity of existing diabetes self-management programs

    To assess the impact of implementation fidelity on the effectiveness

    To assess the importance of the various components of implementation fidelity                                   


    Implementation fidelity is the degree to which a program is delivered as intended. The main components of implementation fidelity are adherence, exposure, program delivery, participant responsiveness, recruitment and context. The effect of implementation fidelity on the outcome of diabetes self management programs will be the focus of this WP. A systematic review of the literature on implementation fidelity models will be performed. Building on the results an assessment tool will be developed. Using the assessment tool relevant diabetes self-management strategies will be identified representing the variety of programs currently existing in the EU. To assess the impact of implementation fidelity data will be combined with the outcome measures of patient compliance, adherence and clinical outcomes assessed for WP5. Data analysis will involve multivariate analysis to assess the (relative) impact of different components of implementation fidelity on program effectiveness.

    Main Partner

    WP7 will be carried out by the Research Centre for Health and Psychological Development (IPSY) of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. Key staff involved are WP Lead Stephan Van den Broucke PhD and PhD Research Fellow Louise Schinckus MSc.