Guide for Child Welfare Administrators on Evidence Based Practice
The purpose of this brief is to provide guidelines for a common language and framework with which to understand the conditions, challenges, and opportunities of evidence based practice in child welfare. While the discussion pertains to prevention and intervention services, the author say, the overarching principles can be applied to all practices in child welfare. After providing a brief overview and history of evidence-based practice, the authors look at challenges for the child welfare field in implementing evidence-based practices. These challenges pertain to the research base in child welfare, concerns about replication, unrealistic expectations, the pace of science, and definitions of terms. Then, they propose a definition for evidence-based child welfare practice and offer guidelines for finding and implementing evidence-based practices, assessing practices as potentially evidence-based, rating the strength of the evidence, and overcoming barriers to adopting evidence-based practices.