NCDDR's Task Force Papers
When the Best is the Enemy of the Good: The Nature of Research Evidence Used in Systematic Reviews and Guidelines was developed by the Task Force on Systematic Review and Guidelines. This task force paper explores critical issues related to the "gold standard" for research designs, the emergence of systematic reviews, and implications for evidence-based rehabilitation and clinical practice.
Dijkers, M. P. J. M. for the NCDDR Task Force on Systematic Review and Guidelines. (2009). When the best is the enemy of the good: The nature of research evidence used in systematic reviews and guidelines. Austin, TX: SEDL.
The Challenge of Evidence in Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Practice: A Position Paper was developed by the NCDDR's Task Force on Standards of Evidence and Methods. This task force position paper focuses on evidence for interventions in the field of disability and rehabilitation (D&R). The document's specific objectives are to clarify what is meant by the term evidence and to describe the nature of the contemporary systems used to identify and evaluate evidence in intervention research; to identify the challenges in meeting contemporary standards of evidence in the field of D&R interventions and to propose next steps for examining related issues and for taking action to promote the availability of evidence-based services and information in the field of D&R interventions.
Johnston, M. V., Vanderheiden, G. C., Farkas, M. D., Rogers, E. S., Summers, J. A., & Westbrook, J. D., for the NCDDR Task Force on Standards of Evidence and Methods. (2009). The challenge of evidence in disability and rehabilitation research and practice: A position paper. Austin, TX: SEDL.
Guidelines for Assessing the Quality and Applicability of Systematic Reviews are available for your use. Development of these Guidelines was a project of the Task Force on Systematic Reviews and Guidelines. Initial drafts were presented by the Task Force at the NARRTC and ACRM conferences in 2010, and a final version is now available.
Task Force on Systematic Review and Guidelines. (2011). Guidelines for assessing the quality and applicability of systematic reviews. Austin, TX: SEDL, National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research. Retrieved from http://www.ncddr.org/guidelines