A Behavior Analyst has created a complex procedure to implement in a home setting. They want to ensure implementation is accurate given the complexity of the program and have implemented a procedural fidelity check list. What is the BCBA measuring with this check list?
- The utilization of Task Analysis, Chaining, Prompting, Fading and Shaping procedures.
- The percentage of agreement in data collection between two or more observers.
- The ability to replicate an experimental design or replicate a functional relationship across additional settings and populations.
- The degree to which a procedure is executed as planned and designed.
Step 1: Identify the concept being tested
This question tests your understanding of procedural integrity.
Step 2: Analyze the question
In this scenario, a Behavior Analyst wants to ensure the complex procedure they created is implemented accurately. In order to do so the Behavior Analyst is implementing a procedural checklist to measure the degree to which the procedure is being implemented according to plan.
The Correct Answer is D
Procedural Fidelity is defined as the degree to which a procedure is implemented as planned or designed.
- Task Analysis, Chaining, Prompting, Fading, and Shaping are 5 common teaching strategies used in applied behavior analysis. While a fidelity checklist may be used to assess the correct implementation of these procedures, the question stem does not provide any information suggesting these types of interventions are being utilized.
- Interobserver agreement is used to calculate the percent agreement on data collection between two or more observers. IOA is an important method to ensure accuracy in data collection, but is not used to assess implementation of program steps.
- The ability of an experiment or cause and effect relationship to be replicated in another setting or population would reflect the external validity of a research design, but would not necessarily reflect the accuracy of program implementation.
Task List Reference:
Task List 4 Section Area:
K. Implementation, Management, and Supervision
Task List 4 Item:
K-05. Design and use system for monitoring procedural integrity