Keep on Top of It

Posted on March 1, 2006

John B. Reid (bio) shares some tips for keeping track of progress in a trial.

 

Now, in maintaining integrity, this is one of the reasons why you need to have your data management system in place and your implementation data. So for example in parent groups, we want to find out what was going on in our parent groups, so we have a bunch of different ways where we would be able to score or rate what was happening in the parent meetings. But one of the things that gives you is if you're not just putting it in a file cabinet, but if you can get it right up there online where you can see it quickly, it gives you a way to supervise very early and to see if things are going sideways early.

With our parenting group we also have what we call parent data report calls, which are phone calls, very quick phone calls that we make to parents on a weekly basis. That tells you another way of being to detect early whether your intervention is going sideways in a particular school. Let me tell you things can go sideways pretty quick in these trials, and you just want to do everything you can to keep on top of it.

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Excerpted from presentation at CHIPS Summer Institute, June 2005, Pittsburgh, PA.

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