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Adapt - what is the relevance for a client/community/population?

Adapt - what is the relevance for a client/community/population?

The adapt step focuses on: 

(1) Determining the relevance of the evidence

(2) How best to tailor any policy recommendations or actions for practice to the local context.

It is designed to answer the question:

  • Can I use this research with my client, community or population?

This step is crucial to determine if the intervention will be relevant and successful in your community. To adapt evidence to the local context, consider these issues:

  • the public health issue

  • the intervention

  • the local community/intended population

  • the organization and any partners


Model for evidence-informed decision making in public health

(From: Australian Public Service Commission. Challenges of evidence-based policy making. Last update 2009 Jun 19. Available from: Accessed 2016 Aug 11.)