Date:13.07.2016, 04:07 ABC is an evidence-based parent-training program. Why are evidence-based interventions important? Photo: Shutterstock Here's a story about how a New York City-based organization called Power of Two is using empirical evidence to help children and families. About 100 families total have been involved. Here's an example of what ABC looks like in practice, as described by the journalist: At age 2, Maya turns to her mother, Taneice Dawkins, to show off her every move. The idea is that forming strong attachments in the first years of life can buffer children from stress over their lifetimes, and also lead to better academic achievement. Without these attachments, the theory goes, some of these children will already be at a disadvantage by preschool. Psychologists believe that all interventions, such as therapies and social services programs, should be evaluated through well-conducted studies. b) This means that ABC has been tested in an experiment, probably through random assignment to the ABC program or to a control this experiment, the independent variable would have been type of program (ABC or control and the dependent variables would. D) I think this counts as translational research, because it uses lessons from basic research (in this case, on attachment theory) to develop and test an intervention. The ABC approach bridges basic research on attachment and the applied context of parenting while coping with the stressors of poverty.