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Check & Connect began in 1990 with a five-year grant from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Since then, many grants have furthered the development of Check & Connect, including the following types of studies: replication, efficacy, theory development, sustainability, adaptation, and evaluation. See Selected Findings and Current Research for details.
Because Check & Connect is an empirically-supported intervention, the goal of the Institute on Community Integration’s ongoing research agenda is to modify and improve Check & Connect to improve student outcomes.
Presently, the two primary Check & Connect research foci are: 1) ongoing theory development on student engagement and 2) understanding and improving assessment-to-intervention linkages. Current research studies serve at least one of four functions to answer specific questions: