Step 2: Research and Select Evidence-Based Practices

To turn this opportunity into action, schools need to be empowered by evidence and know what culturally responsive strategies and supports work. Evidence-based strategies can help a school achieve this. The collaborative team must consider the distinct needs of students in its school and implement the evidence-based strategies most likely to meet those needs.

Evidence-based strategies are strategies, practices or activities that have been evaluated and shown to improve student outcomes. Embedding evidence-based practices into a comprehensive continuous improvement plan can sustain implementation of whole child supports within a district or school.

Evidence-based whole child supports are a part of a framework, like Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) or a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). These frameworks build supports for all students (Tier I, universal supports); provide early interventions to small groups of students who need additional supports (Tier II); and individual interventions provided to students demonstrating persistent challenges (Tier III).


Tap into Ohio's Empowered by Evidence resources

Ohio is committed to assisting educators in selecting and using evidence-based strategies and ensuring Ohio’s Empowered by Evidence initiative will serve as a dynamic and growing resource that is practitioner-focused and responsive to the needs of educators. The initiative will serve as a dynamic and growing resource that is practitioner-focused and responsive to the needs of educators. The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Research, Evaluation and Advanced Analytics has provided the following information.

The Ohio Department of Education's website offers detailed FAQs, step-by-step instructions on how to find evidence-based strategies and other state and national resources. Resources like Ohio’s Evidence-Based Clearinghouse can help educators find the right evidence-based strategies for particular needs. Ohio’s clearinghouse provides background on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) levels of evidence and the primary sources of rated strategies. School climate and supports, as well as community engagement, are among the content focus areas in Ohio’s Evidence-Based Clearinghouse. Through the Ohio Department of Education’s partnership with The Ohio State University, evidence-based strategies and related resources will continue to be added the clearinghouse with a major development push in 2022. The Getting Started page includes a tutorial for using Ohio’s Evidence-Based Clearinghouse.

Whole child evidence-based strategies

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides information for educators, school staff and administrators on best practices of implementation of social and emotional learning. The collaborative offers research-based information, implementation strategies and training opportunities for schools interested in integrating evidence-based social and emotional learning to support all students’ learning and development. CASEL’s Evidence-Based Program Guide is designed to help educators and school administrators select social and emotional learning programs that best meet the needs of their communities.

The What Works Clearinghouse is a resource for research-based programs, practices and policies that have proven to be successful in the school environment through the U.S. Department of Education. Educators and administrators can access practice guides, effectiveness ratings and intervention reports for academic and behavioral curriculum to inform implementation decisions.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration supports prevention, treatment and recovery support services for mental and substance use disorders. The Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center provides information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into various settings. The resources can be filtered by topic, audience, population and resource type to best guide audiences to meet their needs.

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