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How does determine whether a program works?

For programs, Study Reviewers analyze the most rigorous evaluation research available to determine whether there is evidence that the program achieves its goal(s). Up to three studies, representing the most rigorous evaluation research available, are selected to comprise the program’s evidence base. In some cases, a fourth study may be included in the review if Study Reviewers feel it is necessary to accurately assess a program. The reviewers use a standard Scoring Instrument for each study and assign scores across four dimensions:

·         Program’s Conceptual Framework

·         Study Design Quality

·         Study Outcomes

·         Program Fidelity

The individual study scores are then aggregated to determine the final evidence rating.

Read more about the Program Review and Rating from Start to Finish or see the Scoring Instrument.