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“evaluation scale” by flickr user billsoPHOTO

Many people have asked about the process we use to identify and evaluate research worthy of our literature reviews and feature articles. While we don’t use a rigid scoring system to make those selections, we do provide our research team with a “guide to evaluating research” to lend some structure to the process. The evaluation guide draws on four primary criteria: the relevance of the research, the transparency of the process, rigor of design, and the soundness of the interpretation. The full guide provides detailed challenge questions relating to each of these criteria and some general considerations to keep in mind when reviewing research. As always, we welcome feedback on any of our research materials.