This resources will provide additional guidance to schools and districts reviewing research related to evidence-based improvement strategies to determine , if there is alignment to the tiers of evidence found within ESSA.
What are evidence-based improvement strategies? It is important that we ensure that students are impacted by programs, practices and strategies. The presentation defines evidence-based improvement strategy and research types in easy to understand language. In addition, it includes tools and resources to assist district and school teams.
The Hexagon Discussion and Analysis Tool helps organizations evaluate new and existing programs and
practices. This tool is designed to be used by a team to ensure diverse perspectives are represented in a
discussion of the six contextual fit and feasibility factors.
Program indicators assess new or existing programs or practices that will be implemented along the following domains: evidence, supports, and usability. These indicators specify the extent to which the identified program or practice demonstrates evidence, supports for implementation, and usability across a range of contexts.
Implementing site indicators assess the extent to which a new or existing program or practice matches the implementing site along the following domains: population need, fit, and capacity. The assessment specifies suggested conditions and requirements for a strong match to need, fit, and capacity for the identified program or and practice.
The Hexagon Tool can be used at any stage in a program’s implementation to determine its fit with the local context. It is most commonly used during the Exploration stage: the period when a site is identifying possible new programs or practices to implement. If the organization has an
Implementation Team, the Implementation Team can carry out this function for the organization.
How is the selection of an evidence-based improvement strategy related to continuous improvement? It is important that we ensure that students are impacted by programs, practices and strategies. The presentation illustrated how the selection of evidence-based improvement strategy fits within a continuous improvement process in easy to understand language. In addition, it includes tools and resources to assist district and school teams.
This resources is intended for schools and districts to investigate evidence-based improvement strategies to determine the type of research (if it meets the requirements within ESSA), the size of the research, the population and setting, and the results of the research.
Evidence-based strategies are strategies, practices, or programs (referred to more broadly in ESSA as “interventions”) that have solid evidence to show that they produce results and improve outcomes. They’ve been tested, and they’re based on knowledge gained through rigorous research.
The School-based Mental Health Grant requires that grant-funded activities must meet either the ESSA Tier 1 Strong Evidence or Tier 2 Moderate Evidence Level:
Tier 1 Strong Evidence
A practice, strategy or program is considered to have strong evidence of its effectiveness if it is backed by a randomized control experimental study that has all of the additional indicators of quality and relevance.
Tier 2 Moderate Evidence
A practice, strategy, or program is considered to have moderate evidence of its effectiveness if it is backed by a quasi-experimental study that has all of the additional indicators of quality and relevance.