Alignment of single-case design (SCD) research with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing with the what works clearinghouse standards for SCD research

Wendel, Erica Leigh
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The authors assessed the quality of single-case design (SCD) studies that evaluate the impact of interventions on outcomes for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH). More specifically, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) standards for SCD research were used to assess design quality and strength of evidence of peer-reviewed studies available in the peer-reviewed, published literature. The analysis yielded four studies that met the WWC standards for design quality, of which two demonstrated moderate to strong evidence for efficacy of the studied intervention. Results of this review are discussed in light of the benefits and challenges to applying the WWC design standards to research with DHH individuals and other diverse, low incidence populations.