Reference Resources iconReview Protocols

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) quick reviews (QRs) are designed to provide education practitioners and policymakers with timely, preliminary objective assessments of the quality of the research evidence from recently released research papers and reports that have received coverage in the media.

These reviews focus primarily on studies of the effectiveness of education or school-based interventions serving students in the prekindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as those in a postsecondary setting. However, in some instances, they might focus on studies of interventions serving other groups, such as teachers or other school leaders. The reports do not represent the results of a systematic review; instead, they provide a summary of one study.


Table of Contents

  • Overview
  • Study Eligibility Criteria
  • Determination of Review Protocol
  • Outcome Eligibility Criteria
  • Quick Reviews and Reporting Criteria

Protocol Details

  • Version: 2.1
  • Released: August 2012

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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