The EBI Network protocol has the following steps.
- Examine scholarly publications (research journals) for interventions that have one or more experimental studies reporting some level of effectiveness. Priority is given to interventions with a series of experimental studies documenting some level of effectiveness (e.g. Cover, Copy, Compare) or those based on a strongly supported theoretical orientation (e.g. positive reinforcement).
- Sort selected interventions into categories based on what common academic or behavior problem they address. Please see the EBI Network Common Problem Framework page for an explanation of the framework used to sort interventions.
- Develop simple protocols that teachers or other educational professionals can use to try out the intervention. These protocols all include the following elements:
- Intervention Name
- Brief Description
- Overview of the intervention procedures
- Overview of the critical components of the intervention. These are intervention procedures that are considered essential for fidelity purposes.
- Overview of the assumptions of the intervention. This section often includes limitations.
- Materials needed
- Develop YouTube videos modeling the interventions.
These briefs are then presented in two tables (academic and behavior interventions), which organize them based on the common problem the intervention is designed to address. It is critical to note that this method of intervention validation assumes that users understand selection of an intervention is only the first step in a defensible problem solving process. It is essential that all selected interventions are implemented with fidelity, target outcomes be measured, and the effectiveness of the interventions be determined by the outcome data. The true documentation that an intervention is “evidence based” for a specific case occurs only when there is outcome data indicating a change in the target behavior. Please see the “What is an Evidence Based Intervention?” page for more discussion about this issue.