|Not all research has to involve an intervention.
Assessing public opinion, undertaking state-wide student achievement testing
programs, and examining employee productivity indicators are examples of
legitimate research that does not require an intervention.
Nevertheless, a sizeable portion of social research does examine interventions. Interventions of interest in research include experimental treatments, innovative practices being demonstrated, and naturally occurring events. They almost always vary some, even in a set of research studies on a specific topic. They may vary not only in their nature, but also in their intensity, duration, and continuity. There also can be varying degrees of departure between the intended or expect intervention and the one that actually occurs.
Means for Integrating Interventions
The following are several means for integrating interventions across studies on a given topic:
Last Update: June 29, 2000