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Identify interventions' components

SEER Standards

  • Researchers must document the components of an intervention, including its essential practices and structural elements.
  • Researchers must offer a clear description of how the components of an intervention are hypothesized to affect outcomes.


  • Researchers' analyses should explore which components are most important in achieving impact—that is, which components are core to the intervention's efficacy.


Read Developing a Core Components Nomenclature in Education: An Update on IES-funded work (2022, PDF: 598KB) to learn about IES's initial efforts to develop a common framework from which to articulate the components of interventions in various topic areas.

What We're Reading

Blase, K. & Fixsen, D. (2013). Core intervention components: Identifying and operationalizing what makes programs work. ASPE Research Brief. Washington, DC: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Human Services Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from

Ferber, T., Wiggins, M. E., & Sileo, A. (2019). Advancing the use of core components of effective programs. Washington, DC: The Forum for Youth Investment. Retrieved from

Last Modified: June 10, 2021