Guidelines for Data Reporting to Facilitate Meta-Analysis

Published: May 6, 2004
Evaluation Data Coordination Project (EDCP), 2002-2004 | Learn more about this project

This document is one of two products created under the auspices of the Evaluation Data Coordination Project (EDCP)—options documents providing measures for a number of constructs and informational papers describing guidelines for data reporting and the release of public-use data. The EDCP’s overarching goal is to develop common measures of constructs and reporting formats for selected evaluation projects to facilitate and improve the quality of potential future secondary analyses and cross-project syntheses. In this document, we provide guidelines for reporting findings to facilitate meta-analysis, secondary analysis, and cross-product synthesis. The evaluators of the nine U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families (DHHS/ACF) studies are the primary audience; however, the information is applicable to a wide range of research and, therefore, to a broader audience. (For more information about the EDCP and the nine ACF studies, refer to the Options Document.) This document is divided into two parts: recommendations for the type of information to include in evaluation reports and an illustration of how such information should be reported with an example study.