A Systematic Review of the Check and Connect Literature

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 4: Assessment and Intervention in an RTI Framework

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about Check & Connect and how it can be used to support dropout prevention in school settings.
  2. learn the results of the Check & Connect systematic review, including generalized estimates of treatment effectiveness.
  3. identify objectives for future research, and inform recommendations for the conditions under which Check & Connect might be used defensibly.
  4. learn about the state of the Check & Connect literature, including the samples and settings within which research has been conducted, the outcomes that have been targeted, and the limitations of previous studies.


The purpose of this presentation is to summarize results from a systematic review of the literature specific to Check & Connect: an individualized mentoring program intended to promote student engagement and prevent school dropout. This presentation will (a) report generalizable estimates of Check & Connect effects; (b) document when, how, and for whom Check & Connect has been implemented within studies; and (c) identify of gaps in the literature to be addressed through future research.



Julia Porter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephen P. Kilgus, PhD, University of Wisconsin- Madison


Tanya M. Novotnak

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