Best Practices

The term “Best Practice” refers to the business practice that, when compared to other business practices that are used to address a similar business process, produces superior results.

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.