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Evidence-Based Practice Considerations for Administrators and Program Managers
Child welfare administrators and program managers play significant roles in identifying and initiating evidence-based programs and infusing evidence-based practice throughout their organizations. Some concerns that arise in adopting, implementing, integrating, and evaluating evidence-based programs in a child welfare setting are explored in the following resources.
Guide for Child Welfare Administrators on Evidence Based Practice (PDF - 4,608 KB)
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2012)
Provides guidelines for a common language and framework with which to understand the conditions, challenges, and opportunities of evidence-based practice in child welfare.
Selection Guide for EBPs in Child Welfare
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2004)
Provides ratings of selected practices for child welfare professionals who are considering their implementation. Considerations include complexity, external and internal compatibility, knowledge required, match of skill set, observability of benefits, relative advantage, reinvention, risk, and support.
Expanding the Evidence Universe: Doing Better By Knowing More (PDF - 436 KB)
Farrow & Schorr (2011)
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Provides recommendations related to expanding the knowledge base necessary to improve outcomes and outlines how results-based management and learning can generate new evidence from complex community and system change efforts.
Evidence-Based Programs to Prevent Children From Entering and Remaining in the Child Welfare System: Benefits and Costs for Washington (PDF - 388 KB)
Washington State Institute for Public Policy (2008)
Introduces a systematic review of all research evidence to identify what works to improve child welfare outcomes.
The Future of Evidence in Evidence-Based Practice: Who Will Answer the Call for Clinical Relevance?
Journal of Social Work, 6(2), 2006
Reviews the factors important to a broad adoption of an evidence-based approach to social work practice. The article delineates the role of clinical decision-making, local clinical research, and the uses of evaluation methodologies in building a more clinically relevant social work practice.
Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF - 416 KB)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (2007)
Presents information to help State and community planners apply the Strategic Prevention Framework to identify and select evidence-based interventions that address local needs and reduce substance abuse problems.
Integrating Evidence-Based Practices into CBCAP Programs: A Tool for Critical Discussions
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (2008)
Presents a webcast on how the discussion tool is used to guide programs through the process of integrating evidence-informed or evidence-based practices that are the best possible fit with their service population, mission, and resources.
The Role of Child Welfare Managers in Promoting Agency Performance Through Experimentation
McBeath, Briggs, & Aisenberg
Children and Youth Services Review, 31(1), 2009
Introduces three models of managerial experimentation, each of which seeks to improve organizational performance through trial-and-error experimentation and continuous evaluation of staff activities and program outcomes. The article highlights the tensions between the evidence-supported intervention approach and these models of experimentation.
Whatever the Problem, the Answer Is "Evidence-Based Practice" – Or Is It?
Blome & Steib
Child Welfare, 83, 2004
Emphasizes that new initiatives are not implemented in a vacuum; other factors such as funding priorities, organizational policies, system policies, and worker attitudes and skills also influence outcomes.