Frequently Asked Questions related to:
1) The CEBC Website
a) I want to use information from the CEBC website, how do I provide correct attribution?
Information presented on the CEBC website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. When using information obtained from the CEBC, we ask that you please use the following acknowledgement:
Material/Image/Information obtained from the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) at www.cebc4cw.org.
2) The CEBC Program Registry
a) What is the "scope" of the CEBC Program Registry?
The CEBC reviews existing programs in the areas selected by the Advisory Committee and examines the research evidence for programs and interventions that can be used by professionals who interact with children and families in the child welfare system. The CEBC does not examine the issues that these practices address. For instance, we do not examine the effects of abuse on children, but we do look at programs that can be used to treat trauma in children. The CEBC also does not endorse any of the programs on the website, the purpose of the CEBC is to list and rate programs for informational purposes.
Programs and Topic Areas on the Website
b) I am interested in seeing a review of a program in a topic area that is currently or will soon be featured on the CEBC website — how do I nominate the program for inclusion?
Thank you for your interest in submitting a program to the CEBC for review. Our annual window for open submission ended on June 15, 2016. Due to the pending Family First Prevention Services Act, we have experienced an increase in programs contacting us and asking to be reviewed. While the bill’s summary does cite the CEBC’s classification system, the bill itself utilizes a modified version of the CEBC’s Scientific Rating Scale and does not clearly require that a program be reviewed by the CEBC. We are closely watching this legislation and will revisit whether there is a need for us to open up an additional window for open submission later this year. Our current staffing and ongoing workload does not allow us to review programs on request at this time. The next open submission period will be in Spring 2017. Program submissions must be made by program developers or authorized program representatives. Please check this page again in April 2017 for more details. To receive the latest updates please register for the CEBC email alerts at http://www.cebc4cw.org/email-alerts/.
c) How can I make a suggestion for a new topic area for the CEBC?
d) How are programs selected to be included on the website?
This information can be found on the CEBC Review Process page.
e) There is not currently information on the CEBC website about a specific program or topic in which I am interested, what other resources on Evidence-Based Practices can you refer me to?
Please click here for a list of resources.
f) What happened to the Child Welfare Relevance Rating that used to be displayed on the Rating Scales page?
Due to feedback from CEBC users, the CEBC converted the Child Welfare Relevance Rating to a Child Welfare System Relevance Level. With this modification, even if a program is not able to be rated on CEBC Scientific Rating Scale, it has now been assigned a Child Welfare System Relevance Level by the CEBC staff. This allows you to see if the program specifically targets child welfare populations (High), populations similar to those found in child welfare (Medium), or populations not similar to those found in child welfare (Low) whether or not the program has outcomes from comparison studies published in a peer-reviewed journal. This also makes it so that only the CEBC Scientific Rating Scales has numbers attached to it. More information on the levels can be found here.
The Scientific Rating and Research Review Process
g) How are programs rated?
The programs are rated on the CEBC website using the Scientific Rating Scale.
Provisional Rating: After the programs have been reviewed and rated in a particular topic area, a provisional rating will be provided for 60 days. If you would like to provide feedback for any of the identified programs, you can use the Contact CEBC form.
h) Why does the CEBC only look at published, peer-reviewed research when evaluating a program?
Please click here to see the CEBC’s page on Published, Peer-Reviewed Research.
i) Why do you have programs listed on the website that are Not able to be Rated (NR) on the CEBC Scientific Rating Scale?
Though the field of child welfare has become increasingly focused on the importance of evidence-based practice to improve services for children and families, the research in this area is still emerging. The rationale for highlighting practices both with and without research is to effectively provide straightforward, unbiased, and reliable information about the level of research evidence currently existing for practices relevant to child welfare. CEBC users are then able to clearly see the level of research evidence for programs that are commonly in use or being marketed in their communities.
j) Can the scientific rating of a program be changed?
Yes, the CEBC staff annually contacts all of the program representatives of programs currently on the site to ask for updated contact information as well as any updates on research that has been published. In addition, the CEBC staff periodically reviews programs that are rated on the CEBC Scientific Rating Scale (i.e., have a rating of a 1-5) to see if new research has been published. CEBC staff also requests that the CEBC Scientific Panel, Topic Experts, and Advisory Committee alert them to any new research on the existing programs that may come to their attention. CEBC website users can also provide information on new research through the Contact CEBC form. All new peer-reviewed, published literature is reviewed.
k) How often do you re-review the research on the programs that are listed on the CEBC?
For all programs that are currently able to be rated on the CEBC Scientific Rating Scale (i.e., have a rating of a 1-5), the CEBC staff conducts comprehensive literature reviews to look for new research at least once every two years. As of 2014, a new policy for programs that are Not able to be Rated (NR) was added. These programs are contacted annually to inquire about new research; however, a literature reviews is not conducted unless new research is brought to the staff's attention or the relevant topic area is under re-review. The CEBC staff also encourages the website users to inform them of any new research that they are aware of using the Contact CEBC form.
The most recent date that the research evidence for that particular program was reviewed, as well as the original date, is listed at the bottom of the brief and detailed report for that program. For instance:
Date Reviewed: May 2014 (originally reviewed in May 2006)
For information on the re-rating process, please see the CEBC Review Process page and click on “How is a Program Re-Rated?” from the list.
3) Evidence-Based Practice
a) What is Practice-Based Evidence and how is it different from Evidence-Based Practice?
Please click here to access the downloadable CEBC commentary on Practice-Based Evidence and how it is different from Evidence-Based Practice.
b) What is the common elements approach and what is the evidence base for it?
Please click here to access the “CEBC Perspective on the Common Elements Approach” page.