The Best Available Research Evidence enables researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to determine whether or not a program, practice, or policy is actually achieving the outcomes it aims to and in the way it intends. The more rigorous a study’s research design, (e.g., randomized control trials, quasi-experimental designs), the more compelling the research evidence. However, literature also suggests that two other forms of evidence — experiential evidence (or practice-based evidence) and contextual evidence — which are both distinct and overlap.
This working protocol was drafted by a group of researchers and practitioners connected to Michigan State University and the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The protocol recognizes that while there is a growing need for domestic violence service providers to become active in assessing the value and process of research, these programs have an obligation to assess both the risks and benefits of each research study and to ensure that the safety and confidentiality of participants will be maintained.