Best practices for professional training and technical assistance
August 1, 2016
What does research evidence tell us about best practices for professional training and technical assistance for practitioners delivering evidence-based programs to youth? The latest BCTR systematic translational review (STR) addresses this question.
The BCTR Research Synthesis Project supports the development of high-quality evidence summaries on topics nominated by practitioners and faculty within the Cornell Cooperative Extension system to illuminate the evidence base for their work.
To meet this need, the Systematic Translational Review (STR) process was developed to provide replicable systems and protocols for conducting timely and trustworthy research syntheses. STRs include the systematic features of a traditional review, the speed of a rapid review, and the inclusion of practitioner expertise to help guide search parameters and identify appropriate sources. By drawing upon both practitioner wisdom and the best available empirical evidence, the STR process supports the translation of evidence to practice in real-world settings.
The Best Practices in Professional Training and Technical Assistance STR finds that research has identified best practices in the field of adult education, and key training components have been described
from practice, but more rigorous empirical evaluation is needed to better characterize the components of effective training and technical assistance in this field. Read the full review for further details.
A full listing of all STRs can be found here.