Evaluating evidence-based programs

How were the programs evaluated?

The programs in the Teach Resiliency database have been evaluated  by a team of researchers at Western University in London Ontario. The analysis examined the strength and quality of the evidence for mental health strategies that have been empirically evaluated.

The researchers used the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology to evaluate programs that target:

  • teacher and student well-being
  • specific mental health issues in the context of the classroom

GRADE is similar to meta-analysis.  It examines the strength of outcomes for an intervention and provides a systematic appraisal of:  

  • the quality of the evidence (high, moderate, low, and very low quality) 
  • level of confidence that the intervention will result in desired outcomes.

Essentially it seeks to answer two questions. 

  • How effective does research suggest the intervention is?
  • What is the likelihood that those who apply the intervention will also achieve the same results?

The results of the GRADE analysis are summarized as an effectiveness rating. You will find this rating on the program detail page in the evaluation section. 

Resources for implementation

The researchers also looked at the resources needed to implement each program. This information is included on the program detail page. It’s divided into four categories:

  • Implementation
  • Length
  • Training
  • Cost