About the Institute

The Single-Case Intervention Research Design and Analysis Summer Training Institute and this website is funded through the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education (award #R324B160034 – 17) . The University of Oregon (PI: Rob Horner, Co-PI: Wendy Machalicek), with a grant from NCSER within the IES, is providing support for this project.

This professional development project is aimed at improving the methodological rigor of single-case design (SCD) intervention research, the teaching of single-case research methods in higher education settings, and the visual and statistical analysis of SCD data by special education and early intervention researchers.

This project  hosts the annual Single-Case Design (SCD) Training Institutes for Ph.D. level researchers on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus each summer (2017, 2018, 2019) and maintains this website to further disseminate advances in single-case methods and statistical analysis through project websites with Institute materials, asynchronous online presentations, data-analysis tools, and virtual professional learning communities (PLCs).

The Institute’s learning objectives for participating researchers includes:
– Describing the logic and principles underlying scientifically credible single-case intervention research and their advantages for making causal inferences about intervention effects.
– Understanding the situations and conditions for which single-case intervention research is applicable.
– Familiarizing themselves with both traditional single-case designs and recent advances that improve the designs’ scientific merit.
– Acquiring knowledge about both visual and statistical techniques for analyzing (and aggregating) the data from single-case intervention investigations.
– Recognizing the strengths, limitations, and yet-to-be resolved issues associated with single-case intervention research.
– Understanding how to transition from single-case designs to traditional “group” designs, and how single-case research can complement group designs.
– Participating in small-group projects to collectively develop research proposals for conducting a scientifically credible single-case intervention investigation.

For more information about the Summer Institute, visit http://www.nccsite.com/events/SCDInstitute2017/

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