Usage Guide for the CEBC
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) website is designed to allow you access to a summary of programs in topic areas relevant to the child welfare system. If you want more extensive information, you will be provided with an option to delve deeper into the database to gather increasingly detailed information. This flexible system is intended to give you the information you need to make important decisions and to gain in-depth understanding of individual models and programs.
The website does not, however, contain an exhaustive list of all topic areas relevant to child welfare practice and has not reviewed all possible options for programs and practices. The breadth and scope of the CEBC increases throughout the year with the addition of new topic areas and new programs within existing topic areas, but will never be able to address all possible issues facing the enormously complex field of child welfare. The CEBC will focus on priority areas, important models and programs that have empirical support, or programs that are used or marketed in California.
You can search the database in the following ways:
- By Program Name
Alphabetical listing of all the programs. As you type in the "filter program names" box, the list will adjust and only display the programs with names or target populations matching your filter.
- By Topic Area
Topic Areas are focused and priority issues selected by the Advisory Committee that are of the utmost concern to child welfare professionals. For each topic area, a definition and rationale of why it is important to child welfare are included on its main topic area page, in addition to a list of all of the programs that can be found in that topic area.
- By Scientific Rating
Each program highlighted in the CEBC has been reviewed as to the scientific strength of the research evidence supporting it (see Scientific Rating Scale). Updates will be included as research evidence accumulates which may change the initial rating for a practice.
- By Child Welfare Outcomes
There are three major federal child welfare outcomes that public child welfare systems are accountable to address: Safety, Permanency, and Child and Family Well-Being. Only programs that are rated on the Scientific Rating Scale will be reviewed to see if the research study outcomes are relevant to any of these three goals. Some practices are relevant to all three outcomes, other practices may focus on only two and some are tightly targeted to one outcome. If you are seeking information about how to enhance your child welfare efforts related to any of the three outcomes, you can search by the outcome type. You will be given a list of reviewed practices that are related to the selected outcome.
- By Child Welfare System Relevance Level
Each program is assigned a Child Welfare System Relevance Level based on the target population and goals of the program (see Child Welfare System Relevance Levels page).
- Advanced Search
The Advanced Search feature is provided to allow you to search for very specific information including age of child the program helps, if applicable. Any selections you make will narrow your focus.
For information on what is available via the sidebar buttons on the left side of the page, please see the "How Do You Use the CEBC?" link on the homepage.