Reviews of Collections of Programs, Curricula, Practices, Policies, and Tools: Evaluated According to Evidence

Compiled by Judy Smith-Davis, Ph.D.

As of Fall 2012, fifteen topical sections annotate over 500 reviews of sets of programs, curricula, practices, policies, or products whose evidence of effectiveness has been evaluated according to criteria set forth by the sources of these reviews. These annotations pertain to literature reviews, meta-analyses, and other reports of multiple evidence sources.  Some of these studies review a range of program models (but reports on single program models are not annotated). Additional sections on implementation and evaluation of practices and programs are included. 

  • We do not rate or critique the contents of the publications that convey these reviews. It is up to you to determine whether the evidence they present is convincing.
  • Virtually everything in this library is accessible in full text online.  The exceptions are a few reviews for which we give you a detailed abstract and the link where you can purchase the publication.
  • The vast majority of collections of reviews are dated between 2003 and the present, although a few are dated earlier and most are later than 2003.

This collection originated as part of the Results for Kids: Resources library of The IDEA Partnership at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, which transferred early contents to NIRN in 2009.

Links to Topical Sections

Three Additional Sections


This information is an attempt to gather wide-ranging information in one place, to convey what others have accomplished, and to make valuable resources readily accessible.  Information is presented in the language of the developer, publisher, distributor, or author to the maximum possible extent.  The National Implementation Research Network has no ownership of contents described in this library. Nor does NIRN make claims about any models, curricula, strategies, tools, products, or papers that are annotated.  Links to evidence are provided, so that you can decide whether the evidence is convincing and the material is relevant to your context. Some collected reviews are developed and distributed by a U.S. Government agency.  Otherwise, the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of any U.S. Government agency, and no endorsement should be inferred.