Education Drivers

Continuum of Evidence

At a time of diminishing student performance and constrained education resources, it is critical that policy makers, educators, and parents make informed decisions about education interventions on the basis of sound science and thoughtful social influence. The Wing Institute, an independent and non-profit organization, was created to promote evidence-based education policies and practices to address these serious challenges facing education today.

The Wing Institute is named in memory of Ernie Wing, who championed evidenced-based education as an educator and child advocate. Ernie set the standards for professionalism, integrity, effectiveness, and caring as he helped thousands of children gain access to effective educational services.

Publications

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Evidence-Based Practice in the Broader Context: How Can We Really Use Evidence to Inform Decisions?

This paper provides an overview of the considerations when introducing evidence-based services into established mental health systems.

Chorpita, B. F., & Starace, N. K. (2010). Evidence-Based Practice in the Broader Context: How Can We Really Use Evidence to Inform Decisions? Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 11(1), 4-29.

Evidence-Based, Empirically Supported, OR Best Practice?

Evidence-based, empirically-supported, and best practice are often used interchangeably. A case is made that for clarity each term should have a separate and distinct meaning.

Detrich, R. (2008). Evidence-Based, Empirically Supported, OR Best Practice?. Effective practices for children with autism, 1.

A roadmap to evidence-based education: Building an evidence-based culture

Increasing education’s reliance on evidence to guide decisions requires a significant change in the culture of districts and schools. This paper reviews the implications of moving toward evidence-based education.

Detrich, R., Keyworth, R., & States, J. (2007). A Roadmap to Evidence-based Education: Building an Evidence-based Culture. Journal of Evidence-based Practices for Schools, 8(1), 26-44.

Evidence-Based Education and Best Available Evidence: Decision-Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty

Evidence-based practice is a framework for decision making.  Even with high quality evidence there are likely sources of uncertainty that practitioners must confront.

Detrich, R., Slocum, T. A., & Spencer, T. D. (2013). Evidence-based education and best available evidence: decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. Evidence-Based Practices, 26, 21.

Roles and responsibilities of researchers and practitioners for translating research to practice

This paper outlines the best practices for researchers and practitioners translating research to practice as well as recommendations for improving the process.

Shriver, M. D. (2007). Roles and responsibilities of researchers and practitioners for translating research to practice. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 8(1), 1-30.

Evaluating the Validity of Systematic Reviews to Indentify Empirically Supported Treatments

The systematic review process is an assessment and, as such, concerns about validity of the assessment are paramount.  In this paper, we review the considerations that are important in reaching conclusions about the adequacy of a systematic review.

Slocum, T. A., Detrich, R., & Spencer, T. D. (2012). Evaluating the validity of systematic reviews to identify empirically supported treatments. Education and Treatment of Children, 35(2), 201-233.

The Evidence-Based Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis emphasizes being scientifically-based In this paper, we discuss how the core features of evidence-based practice can be integrated into applied behavior analysis.

Slocum, T. A., Detrich, R., Wilczynski, S. M., Spencer, T. D., Lewis, T., & Wolfe, K. (2014). The Evidence-Based Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 37(1), 41-56.

Best Available Evidence: Three Complementary Approaches

The notion of best available evidence implies that some evidence is better than other. This paper reviews different sources of evidence and the relative strengths and limitations of each type.

Slocum, T. A., Spencer, T. D., & Detrich, R. (2012). Best available evidence: Three complementary approaches. Education and Treatment of Children, 35(2), 153-181.

Evidence-based Practice: A Framework for Making Effective Decisions

Synopsis: Evidence-based practice is characterized as a framework for decision-making integrating best available evidence, clinical expertise, and client values and context.  This paper reviews how these three dimensions interact to inform decisions.

Spencer, T. D., Detrich, R., & Slocum, T. A. (2012). Evidence-based practice: A framework for making effective decisions. Education and Treatment of Children, 35(2), 127-151.

Identifying research-based practices for response to intervention: Scientifically based instruction

This paper examines the types of research to consider when evaluating programs, how to know what “evidence’ to use, and continuums of evidence (quantity of the evidence, quality of the evidence, and program development).

Twyman, J. S., & Sota, M. (2008). Identifying research-based practices for response to intervention: Scientifically based instruction. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 9(2), 86-101.

 

Presentations

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Roles and Responsibilities of Researchers and Practitioners Translating Research to Practice

This paper outlines the best practices for researchers and practitioners translating research to practice as well as recommendations for improving the process.

Shriver, M. (2006). Roles and Responsibilities of Researchers and Practitioners Translating Research to Practice [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2006-wing-presentation-mark-shriver.

Evolution of the Revolution: How Can Evidence-based Practice Work in the Real World?
This paper provides an overview of the considerations when introducing evidence-based services into established mental health systems.
Chorpita, B. (2008). Evolution of the Revolution: How Can Evidence-based Practice Work in the Real World? [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2008-wing-presentation-bruce-chorpita.
If We Want More Evidence-based Practice, We Need More Practice-based Evidence
This paper discusses the importance, strengths, and weaknesses of using practice-based evidence in conjunction with evidence-based practice.
Cook, B. (2015). If We Want More Evidence-based Practice, We Need More Practice-based Evidence [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2015-wing-presentation-bryan-cook.
From Evidence-based Practice to Practice-based Evidence: Behavior Analysis in Special Education
Evidence-based practice is a decision making framework. This talk reviews the types of evidence that can be used in decision-making and when each source of evidence is best used.
Detrich, R. (2006). From Evidence-based Practice to Practice-based Evidence: Behavior Analysis in Special Education [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2006-calstatefresnoaba-presentation-ronnie-detrich.
An Expanded Model of Evidence-based Practice in Special Education
This paper reviews the types of evidence that can used to guide decision-making in special education as well as the necessity for high quality implementation, and monitoring the effects of intervention.
Detrich, R. (2006). An Expanded Model of Evidence-based Practice in Special Education [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2006-campbell-presentation-ronnie-detrich.
Single Subject Research and Evidence-based Interventions: Are SSDs Really the Ugly Stepchild?
In most discussions about high quality research, single participant designs have been relegated to a lower status. This paper reviews the characteristics of SSDs and the contributions they can make to the evidence-base.
Detrich, R. (2007). Single Subject Research and Evidence-based Interventions: Are SSDs Really the Ugly Stepchild? [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2007-aba-presentation-ronnie-detrich.
Evidence-based Education: Can We Get There From Here?
This paper reviews the steps that will be necessary to make evidence-based education a reality.
Detrich, R. (2008). Evidence-based Education: Can We Get There From Here? [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2007-calaba-ebe-presentation-ronnie-detrich.
IDEIA and Evidence-based Interventions: Implications for Practitioners
The reauthorization of special education law (IDEIA) emphasizes using scientifically supported programs. This talk reviews the implications for special education practitioners.
Detrich, R. (2008). IDEIA and Evidence-based Interventions: Implications for Practitioners [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2008-apbs-txint-presentation-ronnie-detrich.
Evidence-based Practice: More than a List
Evidence-based practice has at least two meanings. This paper argues that it is best thought of as a decision-making framework.
Detrich, R. (2011). Evidence-based Practice: More than a List [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2011-apbs-presentation-ronnie-detrich.
Workshop: Evidence-based Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Evidence-based practice is a decision-making framework that integrates best available evidence, professional judgement, and client values and context. This workshop described the relationship across these three dimensions of decision-making.
Detrich, R. (2015). Workshop: Evidence-based Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis. [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2015-missouriaba-workshop-presentation-ronnie-detrich.
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Creating Single-Subject Design in Microsoft Excel
The article provides a task analyses for constructing various types of commonly used single-subject design graphs in Microsoft Excel
Dixon, M. R., Jackson, J. W., Small, S. L., Horner?King, M. J., Lik, N. M. K., Garcia, Y., & Rosales, R. (2009). CCreating Single-Subject Design in Microsoft Excel™ 2007. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 42(2), 277-293.
Randomized Trials and Quasi-Experiments in Education Research
This paper examines the benefits and challenges inherent in using randomized clinical trials and quasi-experimental designs in the field of education research.
Angrist, J. D. (2003). Randomized trials and quasi-experiments in education research. NBER Reporter Online, (Summer 2003), 11-14.
The Core Analytics of Randomized Experiments for Social Research
This paper examines the elements of randomized experiments for social research.
Bloom, H. S. (2006). The core analytics of randomized experiments for social research.
Randomized, Controlled Trials, Observational Studies, and the Hierarchy of Research Designs
A study comparing the efficacy of randomized controlled trials to observational studies.
Concato, J., Shah, N., & Horwitz, R. I. (2000). Randomized, controlled trials, observational studies, and the hierarchy of research designs. New England Journal of Medicine, 342(25), 1887-1892.
Can Randomized Trials Answer the Question of What Works?
This article discusses the use of randomized controlled trials as required by the Department of Education in evaluating the effectiveness of educational practices.
EDUC, A. R. O. (2005). Can randomized trials answer the question of what works?.
New Federal Policy Favors Randomized Trials in Education Research
Thisis an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education discussing the pros and cons of randomized controlled trials in education
Glenn, D. A. V. I. D. (2005). New federal policy favors randomized trials in education research. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Retrieved March, 25, 2005.
Implementing Randomized Field Trials in Education: Report of a Workshop
This book examines the use of randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies in education.
Hilton, M., & Towne, L. (Eds.). (2004). Implementing Randomized Field Trials in Education:: Report of a Workshop. National Academies Press.
The Use of Single-Subject Research to Identify Evidence-Based Practice in Special Education
The defining features of single-subject research are presented, the contributions of single-subject research for special education are reviewed, and a specific proposal is offered for using single-subject research to document evidence-based practice.
Horner, R. H., Carr, E. G., Halle, J., McGee, G., Odom, S., & Wolery, M. (2005). The use of single-subject research to identify evidence-based practice in special education. Exceptional Children, 71(2), 165-179.
Single-Case Research: Documenting Evidence-based Practice
Making the case that single-subject design can and should be accepted as an alternative to randomized controlled trials in determining efficacy of practices.
Horner, R. University of Oregon.
Why Most Published Research Findings Are False
This essay discusses issues and concerns that too many research findings may be false. The paper examines reasons a study may prove inaccurate including: the study power and bias, the number of other studies on the same question, and the ratio of true to no relationships. Finally, it considers the implications these problems create for conducting and interpreting research.
Ioannidis, J. P. (2005). Why most published research findings are false. PLoS medicine, 2(8), e124.
Single-Case Designs for Educational Research
This paper examines the benefits and challenges inherent in using of randomized clinical trials and quasi-experimental designs in the field of education research.
Kazdin, A. E. (2011). Single-case research designs: Methods for clinical and applied settings . Oxford University Press.
Single-Case Designs for Educational Research
This book provides a thorough summary of information about the use of single-subject experimental designs in educational research
Kennedy, C. H. (2005). Single-case designs for educational research. Pearson/A & B.
Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs Using the Performance of their Graduates
This commentary addresses concerns for the use of value-added outcome measures commonly used to evaluate teachers and implications for the use of these metrics to assess the effectiveness of preparation programs.
Koedel, C. and Parsons, E., (2014). Evaluating teacher preparation programs using the performance of their graduates. Teachers College Record. Retrieved November 18, 2014 from http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=17741
Single-case research design and analysis: New directions for psychology and education.
This book provides a thorough summary of information about the use of single-subject experimental designs.
Kratochwill, T. R., & Levin, J. R. (1992). Single-case research design and analysis: New directions for psychology and education. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Single-Case Design Technical Documentation
Single case design has made important contributions to identifying effective educational practices. Until recently, there have been no standards for evaluating the quality and quality of studies across a topic area. These standards were developed by the Institute for Education Science.
Kratochwill, T. R., Hitchcock, J., Horner, R. H., Levin, J. R., Odom, S. L., Rindskopf, D. M. & Shadish, W. R. (2010). Single-case designs technical documentation. Retrieved from What Works Clearinghouse website: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/wwc_scd.pdf.
What Works Clearinghouse: SINGLE?CASE DESIGN TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION
This paper by a What Works Clearinghouse the panel provides an overview of singlr-subject designs (SCDs), specifies the types of questions that SCDs are designed to answer, and discusses the internal validity of SCDs. The panel then proposes standards to be implemented by the WWC.
Kratochwill, T. R., Hitchcock, J., Horner, R. H., Levin, J. R., Odom, S. L., Rindskopf, D. M., & Shadish, W. R. (2010). Single-case designs technical documentation. What Works Clearinghouse.
Comparing Results of Systematic Reviews: Parallel Reviews of Research on Repeated Reading.
This paper demonstrates that different well accepted methods for reviewing research on repeated readings produces different results.
O’Keeffe, B. V., Slocum, T. A., Burlingame, C., Snyder, K., & Bundock, K. (2012). Comparing Results of Systematic Reviews: Parallel Reviews of Research on Repeated Reading. Education & Treatment of Children (West Virginia University Press), 35(2), 333-366
Combining estimates of effect size
This book is an in depth examination of literature synthesis along with useful advice when one attempts to interpret the results of a meta-analysis.
Shadish, W. R., & Haddock, C. K. (2009). Combining estimates of effect size. The Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-analysis, 257-277.
The state of the science in the meta-analysis of single-case experimental designs
This is a review of the issues and methods for conducting a meta-analysis of single-case design research studies.
Shadish, W. R., Rindskopf, D. M. & Hedges, L. V. (2008). The state of the science in the meta-analysis of single-case experimental designs. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 2(3), 188-196. doi:10.1080/17489530802581603
Evaluating the validity of systematic reviews to identify empirically supported treatments
Systematic reviews are a process for assessing the quality of the literature to determine if a particular practice has met criteria for empirically supported. As with any assessment process there are issues of validity. The concepts and methodological tools of measurement validity can be applied to systematic reviews to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Slocum, T. A., Detrich, R., & Spencer, T. D. (2012). Evaluating the validity of systematic reviews to identify empirically supported treatments. Education and Treatment of Children, 35(2), 201-233.
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Journal of Contemporary Clinical Trials
Contemporary Clinical Trials is an international journal that publishes manuscripts pertaining to the design, methods and operational aspects of clinical trials.
Logical Positivism
An overview of Logical Positivism and it’s impact on science and the issue of verifiability.
Spurious Correlations
An important rule of research is; correlation does not equal causation. Just because two events track each other over time does not mean that one caused the other. This web site mines data and uses to humor to make the point that for such correlations are often “Spurious Correlations”.
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

The goal of the WWC is a resource for informed education decision-making. The WWC identifies evidence-based practice, program, or policy, and disseminates summary information on the WWC website.

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