Bottom-up Learning

Bottom-up learning is learning  based on examined experience.  The examination may be in the context of doing experiments or in the context of paying close attention to experience in a plan, do, study, act, cycle improvement mode.

The Teaching-Family Model provided a learning laboratory as we engaged in trial and learning over 25 years and have seen the sustainability of the results over the next 25 years.


A brief summary of the implementation-related learning from the experience of attempting to replicate an early version of an evidence-based program.

Download: TeachingFamilyModelFirst50Years

An example of learning about how to conduct fidelity assessments of complex programs in practice.

Download: Achievement Place and Certification of Teaching Parents

An example of relating fidelity assessment (of the teaching interaction, an essential function) to important outcomes.

Download: Treatment Interactions, Delinquency and Youth Satisfaction

An example of learning about foundation skills that are essential to behavior change (i.e. how to observe and describe behavior accurately).

Download: The Training and Validation of Behavior Observation and Description Skills

An example of evaluating one part of training practitioners to use an essential skill (i.e. giving personal rationales as part of behavior change).

Download: The Analysis and Training of Rationales for Child Care Workers

An example of assessing the social validity of methods used for behavior change in complex environments.

Download: The Training and Validation of Youth-Preferred Social Behaviors of Child Care Personnel

An example of a fidelity assessment used in an intensive in-home treatment context.

Download: Family Specialist Fidelity Evaluation

A summary of the initial work to change the status quo in a venerable institution so that an evidence-based program could be used with fidelity and good outcomes.

Download: The Boys Town Revolution