Evaluation without evidence

Professionals and researchers comment on the Danish ETIBA report on autism services


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Cover: Report: Evaluation without evidenceEvidence is a concept of quality in research. The title of this anthology, Evaluation without evidence, expresses the criticism of the quality of the research underlying the Danish ETIBA evaluation. It calls itself a research-based evaluation of rehabilitation and treatment of children with autism, but on a number of counts it fails to live up to standard measures of quality for sound and solid research. The weaknesses, which are methodological in nature, weaken the results of the evaluation.

ABAforum – a behavior analytic resource center – have asked a number of researchers and professionals to comment on the ETIBA evaluation. ETIBA can be expected to become a model for coming Danish evidence studies within the areas of disabilities and special pedagogy/education, and ETIBA may well influence the priorities of Danish authorities and politicians concerning children with autism. To be able to assess the extent to which the report can live up to these expectations, researchers from universities and information and resource centers have performed a critical examination of the report.

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The full report is available as a free download (Danish only)

A printed edition of the report (in Danish) may be ordered at www.abaforum.dk/bestilling (46 pages in color, DKK 50, incl. shipping in Denmark, DKK 100 for shipping elsewhere in the world).

Redaktionen / 21.02.2007