On the Reliability and Accuracy of the Evaluative Method for Identifying Evidence-Based Practices in Autism

  • Domenic V. Cicchetti


The editors of this book recently described the development and application of an “evaluative method” for assessing evidence-based practices (EBP) in Autism (Reichow et al. 2008). The major results of this investigation, which were presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (Reichow et al. 2007) indicated that the method produced highly reliable and valid results, whether deriving from an assessment of primary or secondary quality indicators from published peer-reviewed, group research reports or from published and peer-reviewed, single subject experimental design (SSED) reports. The levels of inter-examiner agreement, ranged between 85%, with a Kappa or chance-corrected level of 0.69 (Cohen 1960), and 96%, with a Kappa value of 0.93. By applying the criteria of Cicchetti (2001) and Cicchetti et al. (1995), the levels of reliability ranged between good (85%, with a Kappa value of 0.69) and excellent (96%, with a Kappa value equal to 0.93).


Quality Indicator Validity Index Rater Agreement Positive Behavior Support Hypothetical Data 
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Evidence-based practice




Proportion of chance agreement


Predicted negative accuracy


Proportion of observed agreement


Proportion of observed negative agreement


Proportion of observed positive agreement


Predicted positive accuracy


Quality indicator absent


Quality indicator present






Single subject experimental design


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale Child Study CenterYale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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