Medicine and education were two of the first fields to address the ethical concerns that accompany the adoption of an evidence-based practice approach. Child welfare practitioners can draw on the lessons learned from these and other disciplines. The following resources help administrators and program managers explore the ethical issues surrounding evidence-based programs, treatments, and practices from a variety of settings.
Ethical Considerations of Evidence-Based Practice
Social Work 54(1), 2009
Discusses evidence-based practice when making decisions about the medical care of patients.
Evidence-Based Practice and the Ethics of Discretion
Journal of Social Work, 11(1), 2011
Discusses the need for researchers to more accurately explain the process and philosophy of evidence-based practice to social workers and clients.
Social Media & Social Work Ethics: Determining Best Practices in an Ambiguous Reality (PDF - 740 KB)
Voshel & Wesala (2015)
Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 12(1)
Addresses the importance of developing risk management strategies and contains recommendations for the ethical use of social media.
Social Work Research and Evaluation: Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice
Grinnell & Unrau (9th ed.) (2010)
Introduces key concepts of evidence-based practice and explores both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including information on ethical conduct in research.
Web 2.0 in Social Work Macro Practice: Ethical Considerations and Questions (PDF- 357 KB)
Hill & Ferguson (2014)
Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 11(1)
Provides an overview of the strengths and limitations of the use of new technologies in macro practice settings and a discussion of ethical considerations.