While considerable information is available on evidence-based research, reports regarding evidence-based practice may conflict or be confusing. The practitioner is often challenged to determine which studies are most credible and relevant and how to compare conflicting or inconclusive results on the same program model from different studies. The following resources and tips suggest strategies for finding and assessing evidence-based research.
Finding Out "What Works": A Guide to Finding the Evidence for "Evidence-Based Intervention" (PDF - 456 KB)
New Jersey Health Initiatives (2005)
Explains how to find, assess, and implement information about evidence-based practice on the Internet.
Guide for Child Welfare Administrators on Evidence-Based Practice (PDF - 4,608 KB)
Wilson & Walsh (2012)
American Public Human Services Association & National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators
Provides guidelines for a common language and framework with which to understand the conditions, challenges, and opportunities of evidence-based practice in child welfare.
Selecting and Implementing Programs
Califorina Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Provides guidance and resources about the common issues for agencies and communities to consider when selecting and implementing evidence-based practices. Tools and implementation examples also are included.