WV Rating Scale

Well-Supported by Research

Well-Supported by Research

The program or practice shows evidence of positive outcomes from a published, peer-reviewed meta-analysis of relevant experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

OR at least one well-designed RCT (randomized controlled trial) in addition to several well-designed experimental or quasi-experimental studies of sound quality that support a set of systematic clinical practice guidelines that lead to similar positive outcomes across multiple clinically-relevant samples.

Prevention Programs labeled as “Well-Supported by Research” and “Supported by Research” can be considered an evidence-based prevention approach, according to BBH.

Supported By Research

Supported by Research

The program or practice have at least one rigorous, published, peer-reviewed RCT that was conducted with a clinically relevant, clinic-referred sample.

OR a substantial (10-12) body of experimental and quasi-experimental studies of sound quality in the absence of any RCTs.

Prevention Programs labeled as “Well-Supported by Research” and “Supported by Research” can be considered an evidence-based prevention approach, according to BBH.

Promising rating


The empirical evidence for the program or practice is mixed in terms of outcome and support but the preponderance of evidence is positive.

OR there are no RCTs and fewer than 10 experimental or quasi-experimental trials but the preponderance of the existing research supports effectiveness.

Not Supported by Research

The preponderance of peer-reviewed evidence fails to provide support for the efficacy of the intervention.

Unable to be Reviewed

Unable to be Rated

Adequate research is not yet available.

Unknown - Not Yet Assessed

Unknown/Not Yet Assessed

This program or practice has not yet been assessed by the Bureau for Behavioral Health Clearinghouse.

The Bureau for Behavioral Health Clearinghouse is a repository of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery programs reviewed systematically for evidence of effectiveness for children and young adults with behavioral health needs and their families.  The Clearinghouse is intended to give West Virginia service providers and stakeholders an array of evidence-based options for program implementation.  It is not an exhaustive review of all available resources.  The review process was derived through a collaborative partnership of diverse West Virginia professionals with experience in behavioral healthcare and substance use prevention with significant input from the statewide community of providers and stakeholders.  

The ratings provide guidance but not definitive judgments as to whether a program should be implemented in a specific community or circumstance.  The ratings are based on the available evidence at the time the program was reviewed.  Considerations for the ratings include the following:

  • Research is an organic process; ratings may change over time as new studies are completed and the diversity of populations studied grows.  
  • A rating is best viewed as a current status in a process rather than a definitive judgment.
  • “Well-supported” and “supported” ratings indicate the preponderance of evidence suggests a certain level of confidence in the positive benefits of the programs, based on the populations studied in the available research.
  • “Promising” ratings indicate a “work in progress” status.  Such programs are often new, and additional research is accumulating to support effectiveness but not yet available or complete.  In certain situations, choosing to use these programs may allow for the collection of data that can further add to the base of information concerning the effectiveness of the process.