Pilot Test and Manualize Your Program

Creating your program manual can prevent program drift and enable replication and scaling-up of your program.

Once you have identified your program components and determined how you will implement it, you will benefit from pilot testing. A pilot test will allow you to see whether your program works as anticipated.

Typically, a pilot test is run with a small group of participants. You can use this opportunity to make midcourse adjustments in program activities, dosage, or mechanisms of delivery.

Once you have finalized the program, based on your findings from one or more pilot tests, develop a manual that documents the processes and activities. A comprehensive manual helps prevent “program drift,” in which various components are added or dropped on an ad hoc basis. A manual can also help others replicate your program as it was intended to be delivered.

Last Updated: 09/14/2017