Methodology: What Is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) Evidence Analysis Process?

At the Academy, we are convinced that our rigorous process of evidence analysis is simply the best there is. But don't take our word for it. Consider the following:

  • The Academy's Evidence Analysis process was recognized by JCAHO as exemplary of bringing the best research to practice
  • The Academy's Evidence Analysis process was adapted by the FDA to assess the type of qualified health claim that can be put on food labels
  • The Academy's Research staff has trained staff and task force members for USDA, DHHS, CDC and FDA

The Academy supported development of the USDA Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL), used by the 2010 Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee (DGAC), which adapted the Academy's Evidence Analysis process to the Federal public health policy arena.

Our Methods are Available to Members!

You can use the Academy's Evidence Analysis methodology in the classroom and in your practice. You can find our methodology here on this website!

  • We provide you with step-by-step instructions for how to carry out evidence analysis.
  • We provide you with tools and templates to actually carry out evidence analysis.
  • The ADA believes that used properly, the best research can dramatically enhance health care practice. Put our process to work for you!

How are articles selected to answer evidence analysis questions? Read more about the Selection of Articles here.

Click here to view or download the ADA Evidence Analysis Manual in a pdf file format.[approximately 110 pages]

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