Resource Library - Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-Based Practice:
Evidence-based programs are an important part of child welfare practice. Understanding how to evaluate and adapt these practices to best serve families is imperative and the following list of resources provides child welfare leaders with opportunities to explore this topic from a variety of perspectives.

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ICWA Active EffortsThis brief by the Capacity Building Center for Tribes provides an explanation of Active Efforts as they relate to the …, , , , 2022
ICWA Placement PreferencesThis brief from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes explains the law and regulations for following preferred placement preferences with …, , , , 2022
ICWA Online Guide: Qualified Expert WitnessThis brief from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes explains the role of Qualified Expert Witnesses (QEW) in ICWA cases. …, , , , 2022
ICWA Inquiry and NotificationThis overview from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes explains the process for inquiry and notification in ICWA cases and …, , , , 2022
Realizing the Potential of Research in Child WelfareThis essay discusses our interest in the use of research within the child welfare system in order to: (1) stimulate …2013
Strategies to Promote Research Use in Child Welfare Policymakers, agency leaders, and practitioners need access to meaningful research evidence to ensure that the services their child welfare agencies …2017
Adapting Evidence-Based Programs in Child WelfareThis webinar explores how child welfare leaders and program developers can work together to adapt an evidence-based approach to the …2018
A Blueprint for Embedding Evidence-Based Practices in Child WelfareThis document assists leaders in child welfare in sustainably implementing evidence-based practices. This document breaks down the process into four …2018
Implementing Evidence-Based Child Welfare: The New York City experienceThe goals of the preventive services Evidence-Based Model (EBM) initiative are to improve outcomes by improving family functioning and child …2017
Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Practice in Child Welfare2014
Expanding the Evidence Universe: Doing Better by Knowing MoreThis paper offers a five-part set of concrete actions that the philanthropic, public, non-profit, academic, business and entrepreneurial sectors can …2011
A Lot to Lose: A Call to Rethink What Constitutes “Evidence” in Finding Social Interventions that WorkThis paper argues that experimental methodology is a poor fit for judging the impact of social intervention program models; the …2009
How to Scale Up Effective Programs Serving Children, Youth, and FamiliesThis brief reviews the best practices for scale up of effective programs from across the literature and describes the experiences …2015
Video series: A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Practice in Child WelfareVideo series: A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Practice in Child Welfare2014
A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Child Welfare Practice: Tying It All Together (Part 5)This video illustrates all five phases of the framework through a single case example. It also discusses how subsidized guardianship …2014
A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Child Welfare Practice: Replicate & Adapt and Apply & Improve (Part 4)This video describes the Replicate & Adapt and Apply & Improve phases of the framework, explains how agencies can apply …2015
A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Child Welfare Practice: Develop & Test and Compare & Learn (Part 3)This video introduces two additional phases of the framework: Develop & Test and Compare & Learn. It describes how agencies …2016
A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Child Welfare Practice: Identify & Explore (Part 2)This video explains the process of building evidence and spreading effective practice in child welfare begins with investigating a problem, …2017
Partnerships, Evaluation, and Effective Practice in Child Welfare: Introducing a New Framework (Part 1)This video introduces a practical guide for strengthening child welfare systems called “A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain …2018
Engaging Clients from a Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused Perspective: Supervisor Support SessionThis training course a follow up to the Engaging Clients from a Strength-based Solution-focused Perspective training, and assists supervisors in …2014
Engaging Clients from a Strengths-Based Solution-Focused PerspectiveThis training course provides child welfare professionals with an understanding of, and useful strategies for, effective engagement and the appropriate …2012
Mind the Gap #7: Real World Barriers & Strategies for Evidence-based Practice ImplementationThis webinar focuses on the workforce, agency and systemic strategies that can enhance or deter success when trying to incorporate evidence-based …, 2016
Making Replication Work: Building Infrastructure to Implement, Scale-up, and Sustain Evidence-Based Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs with FidelityThis report describes a national cross-site evaluation of Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment (EBHV), an initiative to …2014
Evidence-based Practice Implementation: NCWWI 1-Page SummaryThis 1-page summary provides an overview of the three core components of organizational readiness for evidence-based practices identified in the …, 2016
Transforming MSW field learning: Evidence-based practice and implementation scienceThis webinar presents practical examples of how MSW programs can adjust field curricula to ensure that evidence-based practice and implementation …2015
How to Scale Up Effective Programs Serving Children, Youth, and FamiliesThis brief reviews the best practices for scale up of effective programs from across the literature and describes the experiences …2015
Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium Reference ListThis website offers a wide range of research and publications on topics addressing implementation of evidence-based practice., 2017
Finding the Fit: Evidence-Based Practice in MSW CurriculaThis webinar is based upon Janus webinar series participants’ comments, questions and requests, course syllabi and strategies employed in bringing …2015
Integrating Evidence Based Practice in MSW CurriculaThis webinar reviews the various ways graduate programs have integrated teaching evidence–based practice, as well as implementation science and frameworks …2015
Evidence Based Practice in MSW Curricula: Misconceptions and FactsThis webinar introduces the Consortium and the Janus Webinar Series, presents findings from of evidence-based practice preparedness and workforce development, …2015
Evidence Based Practices in North American MSW CurriculaThis study examines the extent to which EBPs are taught in North American Masters of Social Work (MSW curricula). Results …2015
Updated Inventory of Evidence-based, Research-based & Promising PracticesThis report, per legislation E2SHB 2536, provides updates to the inventory of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices, and reflects changes …2014
Programs That Work, from the Promising Practices Network on Children, Famlies & CommunitiesThis document provides summaries of all of the programs and practices that credible research indicated are effective in improving outcomes …2014
Inventory of Evidence-based, Research-based and Promising PracticesThis document offers an inventory of evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices and services delivered to children and juveniles in the …, 2014
Willing, Able –> Ready: Basics & Policy Implications of Readiness as Key Component for Implementation of Evidence-Based InterventionsThis brief describes the role of readiness in implementing and scaling up EBIs, establishing the basics of readiness using the …2014
Using Evidence-Based Constructs to Assess Extent of Implementation of Evidence-Based InterventionsThis brief introduces several constructs that can be used to describe, monitor, and facilitate implementation. It also describes how to …2014
The Importance of Contextual Fit When Implementing Evidence-Based InterventionsThis issue brief advocates proposes a set of core elements drawn from the existing literature that can be used to …2014
Evidence-Based Programs to Prevent Children From Entering & Remaining in the Child Welfare System: Benefits & Costs for WashingtonThis report estimates the monetary value of benefits Washington State would accrue if it implemented evidence-based prevention and intervention programs. …2008
Evidence-based Practices in Child Welfare: Opportunities & Challenges for the WorkforceThis webinar provides an in-depth overview of evidence-based practices (EBP) in child welfare including the definition of EBP, the impact …, 2013
Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare: Implication for Research & EducationThis PowerPoint presentation outlines the history, challenges and approaches of implementing evidence-based practice into Child Welfare, presenting emerging best practices …2019
Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource ParentsThis workshop is a PowerPoint-based training designed to be taught by a mental health professional and foster parent as co-facilitators …, 2011
A Road Map to Implementing Evidence-Based ProgramsThis course provides guidance to facilitate selection and implementation of one of the many evidence-based programs related to prevention and …, 2011
Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Treatment Foster Care: A Resource GuideThis resource guide highlights valuable information, references, resources, and tools for implementing Evidence-based Practices (EBPs) in Treatment Foster Care (TFC) …2008
FRIENDS National Resource Center for CBCAP: Evaluation ToolkitFRIENDS National Resource Center for CBCAP: Evaluation Toolkit, 2019
Cost Analysis in Program Evaluation: A Guide for Child Welfare Researchers and Service ProvidersThis guide offers a framework for integrating cost analysis into program evaluations as part of child welfare services; providing guidance …2013
Evidence-based Practice Implementation Model: NCWWI 1-page SummaryThis paper summarizes the article “Advancing a Conceptual Model of Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Public Service Sectors”, which proposes a …, 2012
Implementing Evidence-based interventions: NCWWI 1-page SummaryThis paper summarizes the article, “Overcoming Challenges to Implementing and Evaluating Evidence-Based Interventions in Child Welfare: A Matter of Necessity,” …, 2013
Permanency Planning Today: Evidence-based PracticeThis issue of Permanency Planning Today provides basic foundational information on evidence-based practice and points the readership toward resources and …2012
Lessons Learned through the Application of Implementation Science Concepts to Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant ProgramsThis report explores the organizational characteristics, activities, and processes that facilitate the successful implementation of innovative CB discretionary grant projects, …2013
Guide for Child Welfare Administrators on Evidence Based PracticeThis guide provides information on the conditions, challenges, and opportunities of evidence-based practice in child welfare.2012
What’s Standing in the Way of the Spread of Evidence-based Programs?This paper examines the challenges of extending the reach and difference made by evidence-based programs and specifically focuses on the …2017
Funding Effective Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs in Child WelfareThis paper shares eight strategies to help child welfare agency administrators and partners fund and sustain evidence-based programs that benefit …2017
Evidence-based Practices in Child Welfare: Opportunities & Challenges for the Workforce (1-page Summary)This document summarizes a NCWWI webinar that provides an in-depth overview of evidence-based practices (EBP) in child welfare. Link to …, 2014
The Parent‐Child Assistance Program: A Model of Effective Community Intervention with High‐Risk FamiliesThis document provides detailed information about Parent Child Assistance Program, an intervention model created to prevent future births of alcohol …2010
The Benefits of Fatherhood Programs in Community-Based OrganizationsThis brief highlights the importance for community-based organizations (CBOs) to address needs and challenges of fathers and use evidence-based interventions …2016
Organizational Readiness: NCWWI 1-page SummaryThis paper provides a summary of a 7-factor model that reflects the items that most contribute to organizational readiness for …, 2017
Realizing the Potential of Research in Child WelfareThis essay discusses the use of research within the child welfare system with two goals: (1) to stimulate interest in …2013
Research Update: Child Welfare Agencies That Use More Research Evidence Have Higher Rates of Permanency for Children in Foster CareThis publication study shows the more often agency staff used research evidence to learn about children in their care, the …2016
The Permanency Innovations Initiative: An Example of Building Evidence in Child WelfareThis video emphasizes how the PII Approach exemplifies the four criteria of evidence-based policymaking: choose programs, invest, rigorously evaluate, and …, 2016
Evidence Informed Practice in Systems of Care Misconceptions and Realities, Frameworks and FundingThis webinar addresses misconceptions about evidence-based practice, how services within a system of care can select evidence based practices for …2016
Using Evidence to Accelerate the Safe and Effective Reduction of Congregate Care for Youth Involved with Child WelfareThis brief highlights a study that examined the use of residential and congregate care across the states and provides recommendations …2016
Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Child and Family Serving SystemsThis guide provides information and examples of implementation relevant to those working with children and families in the child welfare …2015
Learning What Works: A Guide to Opportunistic Experiments for Human Services AgenciesThis guide introduces human services program operators to randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and provides guidance on how to conduct them. …2015
Implementing Evidence-Based PracticesThis document describes key implementation challenges of evidence-based programs and presents research-based strategies that can be used to facilitate sound …2015
Advancing Evidence-Based Decision Making: A Toolkit on Recognizing and Conducting Opportunistic Experiments in the Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Policy AreaThis report describes in detail how researchers, policymakers, and program administrators can recognize opportunities for experiments and carry them out; …2015
Engaging Clients from a Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused Perspective: Caseworker Support SessionThis training course is a follow up to the Engaging Clients from a Strength-based Solution-focused Perspective training, and assists caseworkers …2014