Education Drivers

Acceptable Interventions

Stakeholder values and context are cornerstones of the evidence-based decision-making framework. Stakeholder perspectives about the goals of intervention and the appropriate methods for accomplishing those goals can guide decision makers as they consider various interventions. Similarly, the context in which interventions are implemented can influence which interventions are adopted. Decision makers must consider the match between resources required for an intervention and resources available in a specific circumstance. In some instances, it is better to select an intervention that has less empirical support or weaker effects but can be implemented more easily. High-quality implementation of a less effective intervention is likely to produce better outcomes than an intervention that has greater empirical effectiveness but cannot be implemented well. Among the contextual variables that must be considered when adopting an intervention are level of training and experience required, amount of training time to ensure effective implementation, cost of the intervention relative to potential benefits, and amount of time needed for implementation.

 

Publications

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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.

 

Presentations

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Research Based Dissemination: Or Confessions of a Poor Disseminator"
This paper shares research on what makes ideas "stick" (gain acceptance, maintain) within a culture and provided an acronym from the results: SUCCESS (simple, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotional, involve stories).
Cook, B. (2014). Research Based Dissemination: Or Confessions of a Poor Disseminator" [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2014-wing-presentation-bryan-cook.

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Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching

This web site provides evidence-based resources for free to teachers, principals, and parents.

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