Evaluation Checklist


In order to be as fair and objective as possible, we evaluate each research study using the same checklist.

This checklist is a modified and much simplified version of the checklists published by organisations like the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Our checklist enables us to answer key questions such as


  • What is the purpose of this study?
  • Did it achieve its purpose?
  • Were the researchers independent?
  • Was the study relevant to autistic people ?
  • What kind of study was it? For example, was it a random controlled trial?
  • Was the research carried out in a rigorous and robust manner?
  • Did the study include sufficient information about the participants?
  • Did the study include sufficient information about the intervention?
  • Were the measures used to evaluate the intervention appropriate?
  • What was the result of the study?

By asking these questions we are able to identify how valid and reliable the findings are for each study.

Grading each study

We grade each study according to a rating system which is designed to tell you what scientific evidence has been published in peer-reviewed journals that supports or does not support the effectiveness of a particular intervention for use with autistic people.

Please see Our Rating System

Evidence table

Once we have evaluated and graded each individual study, we compile the key findings into an evidence table.

This makes it easier to rank the intervention as a whole, since we can see the key elements from each research study at a glance.

The ranking for each intervention is based on the number and the quality of the scientific research studies on that intervention.

The greater the number of high quality research studies which support the intervention, the higher the rating.

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16 Jun 2022