The Research Framework outlines a process of assessing evidence that asks questions related to important aspects of interpreting research findings. The Research Framework provides a sound methodology for reviewing practices to determine whether or not these practices can be considered “best practices” in education. This Research Framework is a new feature of the Best Practices Clearinghouse (BPC) and served as the basis for establishing standards for the review of the evidence to ensure that the Best Practice Summaries are evidence-based and practical.
Screening parameters have been developed to refine the scope of the Best Practices Summaries included in the Best Practices Clearinghouse (BPC). The criteria for inclusion in the BPC must be broad enough to accommodate a variety of programs and practices.
The Best Practices Clearinghouse (BPC) Evidence Standards provide an easy-to-understand and intuitive approach for understanding the evidence base of presented summaries. Because the BPC will be used by practitioners to understand which programs can be replicated in their districts, the goal of the BPC Evidence Standards is to help stakeholders understand the evidence associated with a practice. The BPC does not rank evidence; rather, the BPC provides the information needed to make effective decisions. Based on how the sum of evidence is aligned with the BPC Evidence Standards, each summary is assigned one of three BPC Evidence Types.
Benchmarking to National Efforts
A number of large-scale efforts are underway to identify best practices, including the National Dropout Prevention Center’s NDPC) work on Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs, the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), the RAND Promising Practices Network, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Effective Practices and Programs (NREPP), and TEA’s Best Practices in Dropout Prevention Standards. A detailed comparison of best practice standards from each of these initiatives is presented in this section.
User Guide to Interpreting BPC Designations
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Best Practices Clearinghouse (BPC) Evidence Standards are designed to help stakeholders understand the type of evidence available for a given Best Practice Summary. BPC Evidence Types are presented with practical guidelines to assist in making decisions about implementing practices.