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Design options for an impact evaluation of schoolwide positive behavior supports Final design report

This document was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) as part of the Design of an Impact Evaluation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports (SWPBS) contract. The report presents preliminary design options for an impact evaluation of SWPBS, which is a multitiered, systematic framework intended to improve classroom and school climate; student social, emotional, and behavioral competence; and academic achievement for all students (Horner, Sugai, and Anderson 2010). The motivation for studying SWPBS is discussed in Section 1, which provides background information, the prevalence of problem behaviors, and the federal support for SWPBS. The study’s research questions are also found in Section 1. Section 2 provides an overview of the SWPBS framework and components as well as examples of implementation approaches and targeted interventions that could be implemented within the SWPBS framework. Section 3 describes the available training and implementation support for SWPBS. Section 4 presents several design options for an impact evaluation. Finally, section 5 addresses other design considerations. Additional study products are appended to this report as follows: Appendix A: Literature Review Memo; B: Provider Memo; and C: Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting Summary.


Silvia, E., Blitstein, J., Splett, J., & Dusenbury, L. (2013). Design options for an impact evaluation of schoolwide positive behavior supports: Final design report. (Prepared for the U.S. Department of Education). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.