Best practices are documented strategies and tactics employed by
successful organizations and programs. Note, however, that rarely
is an organization or program "best-in-class" in every
area. Our focus is not on identifying best programs or best organizations
but, rather, best practices that exist within and across programs.
As developed in this Study, Best Practices are identified from
in-depth interviews with program managers, thorough review of program
documents, analysis of secondary sources, and comparison of program
features and outcomes. Programs are compared and best practices
developed by program type and program component. Each program type
includes comparison of from five to 10 programs.
The focus of this Study is on best practices that can be generalized
and have a high likelihood of transferability to other programs
within or across program categories.