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What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews in this topic area focus on dropout prevention interventions designed for use in secondary school (middle school, junior high school, and high school) or community-based settings to help students stay in school, progress in school, and/or complete school.

Systematic reviews of evidence in this topic area address the following questions:

  • Which dropout prevention programs are effective in keeping students in school or getting them to return to school?
  • Which dropout prevention programs are effective in helping youth progress in school?
  • Which dropout prevention programs are effective in helping youth complete high school by earning a diploma or a GED certificate?

Table of Contents

  • Overview
  • Eligibility Criteria and Evidence Standards
  • Literature Search Methodology

Protocol Details

  • Version: 3.0
  • Released: March 2014
  • Version: 2.0
  • Released: April 2009
  • Version: 1.0
  • Released: September 2006

What is a Protocol?

A review protocol defines the scope of a systematic review. Developed with substantive experts, the protocol defines the parameters for the review, including the research, populations, settings, and outcomes. The protocol also specifies details of the literature search and any topic-specific applications of the design standards.

Protocol versions reflect the version of WWC standards in effect when the protocol was released. Protocol versions that predate the current version of the WWC standards handbook can be used to identify acceptable outcome domains for review within a given topic. The current WWC standards are used to guide the review of studies with acceptable outcomes.

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