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Evidence-Based Practice Considerations in Organizational Change
Adopting evidence-based practices requires a significant shift in how social service organizations provide services for children and families. Strong leadership, community support, and agency buy-in are key to implementing new practices successfully. The following resources provide information to help child welfare administrators and program managers address, plan, and manage organizational change.
Act on Facts, Not Faith: How Management Can Follow Medicine's Lead and Rely on Evidence, Not on Half-Truths
Pfeffer & Sutton
Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2006
Reviews impediments to evidence-based management and stresses the need for managers to beware of their own preconceived ideas, rethink their assumptions, avoid causal benchmarking, know when the past has passed, and adopt an attitude of wisdom. Additional information is provided on appraising business ideas and hiring employees who point out mistakes and help organizations improve. (PDF - 1147 KB)
Evidence-Based Practice in the Social Services: Implications for Organizational Change
Johnson & Austin
Administration in Social Work, 30(3), 2006
Outlines multiple strategies and presents case examples for creating an organizational culture within a human services agency.
Integrating Evidence-Based Practice in the Child Mental Health Agency: A Template for Clinical and Organizational Change
Whittaker, Greene, Schubert, Blum, Cheng, & Blum
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(2), 2006
Describes activities designed to address the science-to-service gap in evidence-based practice from the perspective of the nonprofit child mental health. Topics include: implementing systems of care principles, logic modeling, creating strategic partnerships with researchers, program evaluation, comparing evidence-based practice models, and internal and external dissemination.
Leading Evidence-Informed Practice: An Action Pack
Hodson & Cooke
Research in Practice (2006)
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Discusses the importance of leadership in evidence-informed practice, getting started, developing a vision, setting direction and strategy, motivating followers and building allies, encouraging learning and improvement, setting an example, sustaining change and momentum, and reflecting on leadership.
Promoting an Evidence Based Culture in Children's Mental Health: A Resource Guide
SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services & NASMHPD Research Institute, Inc. (2007)
Provide families and youth, practitioners, and administrators with information and resources that can lead to continuous quality improvement within an evidence-based culture in children's mental health service systems and organizations. (PDF - 284 KB)