Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices:
A Guide for Child and Family Serving Systems
This guide provides information and examples of implementation relevant to those working with children and families in the child welfare and other social services systems. It provides concrete information that systems across the nation can use to evaluate their needs, identify what programs are currently being used, make decisions about which new programs, if any, to add, and plan for implementation activities. It was designed as a companion to the CEBC program registry and is based on the emerging body of research known as Implementation Science and on lessons learned through CEBC technical assistance efforts with county child welfare systems.
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Quick Resources for the Guide
A one-page walkthrough detailing the steps that lead to selecting a good-fit evidence-based practice. For more detailed information on the selection process, download the full guide above.
This resource lists trauma-informed care (TIC) programs relevant to residential service providers and highlights evidence-informed strategies for selecting and implementing TIC models in residential settings.
A four-page guide that is intended to highlight important concepts related to program evaluation and provide resources to assist organizations with creating a plan for building an evidence base for an established program. The resource guide has been divided into three separate one-page resources as well:
- Creating a Logic Model to Know How the Program Works
- Utilizing Measurement Tools to Examine Outcomes
- Conducting Program Evaluations to Determine Effectiveness
Updated in July 2018, this two-page document provides a simple description for comparing various clearinghouses available for identifying evidence-based programs.
A one-page resource that provides a brief overview on obtaining Medicaid reimbursement for new evidence-based practices.
A three-page resource intended to aid child welfare and community-based agencies with planning and supporting the involvement of children, youth, or parents in policy and implementation decision-making.
This resource highlights some important considerations for forming an implementation team, including team membership, leadership involvement, team competencies, and currently available implementation team models.
A one-page resource that describes the main types of research evidence that are reviewed by the CEBC for the programs listed in the Program Registry.
A one-page resource that describes the ways the CEBC can be used to help agencies and populations of care affected by California's Continuum of Care Reform (CCR).
Suggested Citation for Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Child and Family Serving Systems:
Walsh, C., Rolls Reutz, J., & Williams, R. (2015). Selecting and implementing evidence-based practices: A guide for child and family serving systems [2nd ed.]. San Diego, CA: California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.