The role of evidence-based practice is one of most central and controversial issues in social work today this concise text introduces key concepts and processes of evidence-based practice whilst engaging with contemporary debates about its relevance and practicality. True that social science is more messy that physical science, but to paraphrase, evidence based practice is the worst system aside from all the other options available mark wilberforce november 10, 2017 at 10:51 pm . Practice models provide social workers with a blueprint of how to help others based on the underlying social work theory while a theory explains why something happens, a practice model shows how to use a theory to create change.
This entry identifies evidence-based practice (ebp) resources with specific reference to social work's adaptation of evidence-based practice whereas the identified references are focused on social work applications, relevant ones dealing with evidence-based medicine (ebm) and evidence-based. Evidence-based practice in school social work: clarifying concepts and common confusions (reprinted with permission from nasw school social work section connection newsletter issue 1 2010) len gibbs (2003) was one of first authors to discuss evidence-based practice in social work. The controversy is not necessarily that evidence-based practice is useless, but rather that social work traditional process of decision-making and predicting outcomes does not necessarily follow the general guidelines of ebp (webb, 2001. Evidence based practice is a model that integrates scientific evidence in conjunction with practice expertise and knowledge of client attributes what is evidence based-practice ebp is primarily based on the best scientific research evidence available.
The following resources provide background information on evidence-based practice in child welfare, including links to glossaries and definitions additional resources help child welfare practitioners understand the research base and build connections among social work, research, policy, and practice, including state and local examples. Foundations of evidence-based social work practice new york: oxford university press hv689 f68 2006 for additional titles, do an exact search in gil under the subject headings evidence-based social work or evidence-based practice. July/august 2009 issue understanding evidence-based practice in behavioral health by david surface social work today vol 9 no 4 p 22 clarifying misconceptions about evidence-based practice is the first step to reducing professional resistance to it. Evidence-based practice (ebp) is becoming an integral part of the social service sectorhowever, there is also some controversy over whether evidence-based practice models are truly the best ones to invest in funders, particularly governmental agencies, seem to be coming down heavily in favor of ebp, but it is still worthwhile to consider both sides of the issue.
Selection of psychosocial treatments for this review our goal is to offer an overview of the major evidence-based psychosocial treatments or practices for sud and to provide social work educators and practitioners with sufficient information about these treatments that they can pursue further education or training. Evidence-based practice in clinical social work is the most exciting recent contribution to the emerging literature on evidence based practicebeautifully written by two broadly experienced clinicians and social researchers, the text is erudite, comprehensive, and apt to be greeted enthusiastically by practitioners across the human services. Evidence-based practice is now a core element of many governments' approaches to policy-making and social intervention it has become a powerful movement that promises to change the content and structure of social work and its allied professions.
Partnerships to promote evidence-based practice evidence-based practice (ebp) is a process in which the practitioner combines well-researched interventions with clinical experience and ethics, and client preferences and culture to guide and inform the delivery of treatments and services. Evidence-based practice is a process for making practice decisions in which practitioners integrate the best research evidence available with their practice expertise and with client attributes, values, preferences, and circumstances (rubin, 2012, p 7). In social work, most agree that ebp is a process involving creating an answerable question based on a client or organizational need, locating the best available evidence to answer the question, evaluating the quality of the evidence as well as its applicability, applying the evidence, and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the. The university of minnesota school of social work convened a group of researchers, practitioners, educators, consumers, legislators, and judges to address this issue at a symposium on evidence-based practice and cultural competence in the context of child welfare.
Abstract this paper considers the validity of evidence-based practice in social work it critically examines various underlying presuppositions and assumptions entailed in evidence-based practice and draws out their implications for social work. Evidence-based practice (ebp) is an integrative decision-making process aimed at improving client outcomes and effectiveness in social work practice (drisko and grady 2012) yet, for many reasons, social workers continue to struggle to understand ebp and to integrate it into agency and individual practice settings.
This key textbook explores how good social work practice draws upon relevant and current research to ensure that interventions are as effective as possible social workers are increasingly required to demonstrate their knowledge of the research and evidence that underpin the daily decisions they make and actions they take and it is therefore vital that they are not only up to date with the. What is evidence-based practice (ebp) the most common definition of evidence-based practice (ebp) is from dr david sackett ebp is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. Evidence based practice is a growing field in the social work arena the essence of evidence-based practice is placing the client's benefits first by posing specific questions of importance to the client, searching objectively and efficiently for the best evidence, and then using the evidence to guide one's practice. A social work blog has been set up to spread learning about what practice works and, i'm particularly excited about the development of a book club which offers a way of learning without.