Are the techniques used by the program supported by research studies on children or young adults with similar needs?
The best programs base their care on scientific evidence, ideally using techniques that have been shown by research to be safe and effective with particular types of children and young adults. Quality programs also tend to have the most highly educated staff, particularly amongst those working day-to-day with the children.
Claims about success rates that aren’t backed by research published in medical journals may need to be viewed skeptically. Quality programs have processes in place to learn what works and what doesn’t work, overall, and for each child and young adult they have adopted approaches that others have found effective. Other questions to ask:
- What kind of research supports the techniques you are using?
- What did that research show about success rates?
- How are programs reviewed and adjusted to work better?