Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Panel #217
How Can Applied Behavior Analysts Develop and Experimentally Analyze Programs That Survive Post-research?
Sunday, May 28, 2006
4:00 PM–5:20 PM
Area: OBM/TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Tom Welsh (Florida State University)
SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas)
BILL L. HOPKINS (Emeritus Auburn)
RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University)
L. KEITH MILLER (University of Kansas)
Abstract: Panel members will discuss the innovative research described in the ABA symposium titled "A 37-year case study in the design and experimental analysis of a program that survives post-research." The goal is to better understand conceptual and methodological strategies that behavior analysts can use to develop and analyze behavior analytic programs that survive post-research. They will consider a variety of strategies including: (a) defining program survival as continued implementation by non-research staff under post-research conditions, (b) simulating post-research conditions by terminating researcher supervision and other services, (c) minimizing effort to implement and supervise programs, (d) using client-advocates as supervisors, (e) designing experiments when programs rely on natural consequences, (f) using behavioral and physical outcomes to supervise implementation of behavioral programs, (g) testing usability of programs implemented by non-research staff, (h) minimizing staff reactivity to research observations, (i) establishing program outcomes as reinforcers for implementers, supervisors and advocates and (j) targeting program outcomes that meet meta-contingencies. Panel members will examine possible strategies in terms of their implications for behavior analytic concepts and methodological practices. The panel will encourage participation by the audience.



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