What Works?
  • What is What Works?

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  • Who is What Works for?

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  • Why should I use What Works?

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  • How do I use What Works?

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  • How do I submit an intervention?

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  • Get involved in What Works

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  • Understanding the evidence base

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  • The SEND Code of Practice

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  • Glossary of terms

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  • What Works Training Database

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What is What Works?

What Works is a moderated online library of evidenced interventions that aim to support children's speech, language and communication.

What Works helps early years practitioners, teachers, school leaders, and speech and language therapists (SLTs) find the most appropriate interventions for children and young people by providing a free and easily accessible overview of the evidence base for each intervention. Although not designed for commissioners, What Works may also be a useful reference in the commissioning process.

Users can search for interventions by target group, age range, focus of the intervention, who it's delivered by and in what type of format. The evidence for each intervention is rated as 'strong', 'moderate' or 'indicative' as determined by an academic Moderating Group, with a summary of the evidence base and academic references provided.

What Works is maintained and further developed by the Moderating Group, representatives from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and The Communication Trust. This group meets quarterly to ensure that What Works remains as up-to-date and as comprehensive as possible through a robust and independent process to ensure quality and fairness of approach. 

What Works has been developed from a report by the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP). Please click here to find out more about how What Works has been developed and here to read the full report entitled, 'What Works: Interventions for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.'

 

Some key considerations when using What Works

  • What Works aims to support decision making, not determine it.
  • The Communication Trust does not endorse interventions that have been included on What Works but seeks to make the academic evidence base on each as accessible as possible so that practitioners can make informed choices.
  • Any practitioner views presented on the site in reference to specific interventions, e.g. within case studies, are solely their own and not those of The Communication Trust or the What Works Moderating Group.
  • Evidence about what has worked in the past offers no guarantee that an approach will work in all circumstances; users are encouraged to look at the detail of each intervention to ensure they understand all details and for which children it is most beneficial
  • Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given, no legal responsibility is accepted for any errors, omissions or misleading statements.
  • What Works includes reference to a range of research and publications of third parties; The Communication Trust is reporting on information available in the public domain, but is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the original publications or related material. Users are encouraged, as they would with all research, to read with a critical eye. 

 

Please click here for a list of other websites about evidence-based practice that you may find useful.  

 

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Inclusion on What Works does not constitute an endorsement from the Moderating Group or The Communication Trust either for individual interventions or the organisations that produced them.

Please click here to read a disclaimer from The Communication Trust, which includes some important things to be aware of when using What Works.