In 2004, SRI launched the National Behavior Research Coordination Center (NBRCC). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Special Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), NBRCC worked closely with four university-based behavior research centers (BRCs) in conducting randomized trials of interventions for students with severe behavior problems in first through third grades.
With input from an executive board, NBRCC developed research questions that drove its work over its five-year life span. Questions addressed the extent to which the interventions improved the behavior and academic performance of participating students and sustained those improvements over time, and the ways in which improvements vary for different kinds of students in different kinds of classrooms and schools. Issues of implementation fidelity, social validity, and intervention resource requirements also were addressed.
The NBRCC also developed common measures and data collection protocols to be used by the BRCs. Data were submitted to the NBRCC via a web-based data system. A cross-intervention analysis plan specified analytic approaches to address the range of cross-intervention research questions, and a targeted dissemination strategy maximized the value of the intervention research and cross-intervention analyses to multiple stakeholders.