EAL Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the best way to learn about the Evidence Analysis Library (EAL)?
A. New users to the EAL should view the EAL tutorial which are 3 short videos highlighting the EAL. The tutorial covers topics like the evidence analysis process, guideline development process, etc. Click to  access the tutorials.

Q. How does the Academy choose topics for the EAL?
A. Projects are identified in a number of ways:
  • Based on Academy research priorities
  • Based on Academy Position Paper topics
  • Based on interest from DPGs and members
  • Based on collaborations with allied organizations and external funders who suggest topics compatible with Academy strategic goals
Q. Who has oversight over the Academy's Evidence Analysis projects?
A. The Academy Evidence-Based Practice Committee (EBPC), a committee jointly appointed by the House of Delegates (HOD) and Board of Directors (BOD).

Q. What are the charges to the Evidence-Based Practice Committee (EBPC)?
A. The EBPC is charged with the following:
  • Development and implementation of evidence-based practice and evidence analysis process
  • Development of the Evidence Analysis Library
  • Development and publication of Evidence-Based Guidelines and Toolkits and other products based on the evidence analysis process.
Q. What are the functions of the Evidence-Based Practice Committee (EBPC)?
A. The EPBC is responsible for:
  • Appoint work groups for evidence analysis
  • Determine principles and priorities for evidence-based products
  • Determine format and content of products
  • Establish and evaluate the evidence analysis and evidence-based guidelines and toolkit process
Q. Who does the actual work of completing the evidence analysis?
A. The EAL is developed and created by Academy members for Academy members! Evidence analysts are selected by the Senior Director of Research and Evidence Analysis based on their qualifications and availably. The EBPC determines membership of the expert work group (typically 6-8 members) who are recognized as leaders in the particular practice area, The work group for each topic formulates the questions, reviews the evidence summaries, writes the conclusion statements and assigns the grades. Visit the Get Involved! page for information on volunteering on an EAL project.
Q. How can I learn more about the Academy's Evidence Analysis Process?
A. Click the Metholody tab for information on the Academy's meticulous process and to download a copy of the Evidence Analysis Manual.

Q. Why can't I locate the research articles in the EAL?
A. The actual articles are not available on the EAL due to copyright regulations. Acdemy members can access articles from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics via www.eatright.org. Users can check with their instituion's library for a subscription; visit the journals website for free access or to purchase a one-time use, or go to PubMed to see if an article is avialable for free.