Evidence-based practice involves identifying, assessing, and implementing strategies that are supported by scientific research. State child welfare agencies are increasingly aware of the need to focus their resources on programs that have demonstrated results, especially for achieving outcomes as measured in the Federal Child and Family Services Review process. In addition, many State legislators are calling for information about whether the programs they fund work, and foundations and other funders often require that grantees employ evidence-based program models.
In order to provide evidence that their services achieve positive outcomes, administrators, program managers, supervisors, and frontline workers must understand how evidence-based practice applies to child welfare services and be aware of the resources and tools available to assist them.
The resources and tools described throughout this section can help agencies make informed decisions about the implementation of evidence-based practice within the contexts of their communities. These resources will assist child welfare professionals in finding, assessing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based practice and programs. Users also will find links to examples of how evidence-based practice has been implemented in other States and communities.
- Evidence-based practice in child welfare
- Identifying and assessing evidence-based practice
- Implementing evidence-based practice
- Considerations for child welfare professionals
- Registries and resources
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Identifies and disseminates information on evidence-based child welfare practices. The clearinghouse supplies guidance to statewide agencies, counties, public and private organizations, and individuals on evidence-based practice as a method of achieving improved outcomes for children and families.
Evidence-Based Practices in Child Welfare
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2013)
Provides a microsite on evidence-based practices (EBPs) to support and achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families that includes brief overviews of commonly used EBPs in child welfare, a listing of databases and directories of EBPs, and more.
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
Offers training and technical assistance to improve management and operations, bolster organizational capacity, promote service integration, and develop supervisory and management systems.
National Implementation Research Network
Aims to improve the science and practice of implementation of evidence-based programs and practices. The Network conducts implementation research and evaluation; develops and updates syntheses of relevant implementation research and practice descriptions; and develops practical implementation frameworks to guide the transformation of behavioral health services.