What Does it Mean When We Say a Program is “Evidence-based”? Handout

Researchers examine research studies to determine whether a program:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in rigorous scientific evaluations including randomized control trials.
  • Was assessed in large studies with diverse populations or through multiple replications by independent researchers (not the developer of the model)
  • Resulted in significant and sustained effects for a minimum of 6 months, post program.

This document will assist you identifying highly rated evidence-based programs. It lists several websites have already done the work of reviewing research studies and rating programs’ effectiveness. Consult these resources to ensure that the programs you want to implement will be effective.

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