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.
Providing More Effective, Ethical Services: The Philosophy and Process of Evidence-Based (-Informed) Practice
In Child Welfare Research: Advances for Practice and Policy
Explains philosophies and styles of evidence-based practice and implications for honoring ethical obligations and making practices, policies, and outcomes transparent.
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.
Views of Evidence-Based Practice: Social Workers' Code of Ethics and Accreditation Standards as Guides for Choice
Journal of Social Work Education, 43(3), 2007
Describes how social workers can draw on their code of ethics and accreditation standards to address implementation obstacles and to select a view of evidence-based practice that is most faithful to related obligations.