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NREPP has six QOR rating criteria:

  • Criterion 1: Reliability of Measures
  • Criterion 2: Validity of Measures
  • Criterion 3: Intervention Fidelity
  • Criterion 4: Missing Data and Attrition
  • Criterion 5: Potential Confounding Variables
  • Criterion 6: Appropriateness of Analysis

These criteria represent some of the most fundamental aspects of research quality. Although there are other components to research quality, these criteria were specifically selected to give NREPP a focused and efficient, yet robust, system for assessing program evaluation studies in the behavioral health field.

When NREPP reviewers use these criteria, they apply them not to the intervention or to an individual study, but to individual outcomes. Programs may not be equally effective in achieving all their intended outcomes. In addition, one study may use a variety of measurement techniques and analytical methods for different outcomes, and different studies of the same program may measure outcomes in different ways over time. For all of these reasons, NREPP applies the QOR criteria to individual outcomes, sometimes looking at multiple studies for that outcome, but always rating the outcome rather than the study.

For more information on the criteria and associated rating anchors, please visit the QOR Review section of the NREPP Web site.

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