Evidence-based practice is an emerging standard for intervention and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Yet, the analysis of research, documentation of effectiveness, and formulation of evidence-based recommendations for practices is a significant challenge for both researchers and practitioners. The purpose of the Special Section on Evidence-Based Practices is to provide a forum for discussion of critical issues related to evaluating empirical evidence, conducting evidence-based reviews of research, and presenting findings of integrative evidence reviews.

The Special Section on Evidence-Based Practices will include papers that are (a) original reviews of literature that critique, evaluate, and summarize the effects of interventions using quantitative evaluation and synthesis strategies (e.g., coded data describing the features of individual studies, application of contemporary standards for evaluating design and measurement, aggregation of data across studies); (b) meta-analyses of the effects of interventions; (c) discussions of standards for research...

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