Evidence-Based Intervention


Use of scientifically based evidence to inform all screening, assessment, intervention, and evaluation practices implemented with a child and family, and the collection of reliable data to document, monitor, and make decisions about the effectiveness of the practices used with each child and family.

Definition and Indicators for Evidence Based Intervention:


  • Demonstrates knowledge of typical and atypical child development (including risk factors) throughout the intervention process.
  • Use valid, nondiscriminatory child-focused assessment procedures and instruments to document a) eligibility for IDEA services, b) child and family strengths and needs, and c) child and family progress as a result of interventions.
  • Identifies and includes evidence-based practices on the intervention plan (IEP/IFSP).
  • Uses evidence-based practices during interventions with a child, family, and/or other caregivers and teachers.
  • Incorporates evidence-based practices across learning opportunities (activities and routines) within the child’s home, community, and classroom.
  • Uses evidence-based accommodations, modifications, and adaptations to enable a child to participate and learn in inclusive school and community environments.
  • Systematically collects and uses data to monitor the child and family progress to revise intervention plans as necessary and document intervention effectiveness.


Case studies illustrate the cross-disciplinary competencies and are for use by Higher Education faculty and Professional development staff.
Case Study: Robert – Evidence-Based Intervention