Solution-Based Casework (SBC)

Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program Solution-Based Casework (SBC) was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for Solution-Based Casework (SBC) as listed below:

Guidance is provided to programs by establishing an Implementation Team, with key representation from all critical components of their organization. The team is first asked to perform a Jurisdictional Readiness Review following a provided outline.

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of Solution-Based Casework (SBC) as listed below:

Implementation of Solution Based Casework is fully supported through a range of activities that include pre-training reading groups, management training, initial training, supervisor training, learning transfer, use of eLearning for new employees, implementation website, follow-up Coaching calls, and SBC Certification at the Caseworker, Supervisor, Coach and Trainer level. Trainer of trainer (TOT) is also available for larger jurisdictions such as state public child welfare agencies.

Solution Based Casework staff has implementation experience and can assist new jurisdictions with the process. The web-based implementation site has assists in tracking statewide or agency-wide progress. Collaborative Teams are created to assist agencies in working with each other and their provider networks to offer joint training and share resources. Several articles on implementation have been written, including articles that detail specific state implementation experiences.

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for Solution-Based Casework (SBC) as listed below:

The entire Solution Based Casework Certification of Skills process has been developed based on research regarding the critical skills that lead to improved outcomes. Each supervisor mentors their workers on 16 specific skills related to outcomes. Progress is tracked via an Implementation Website and reviewed for fidelity on a monthly basis the Lead Coach who assigned by Solution Based Casework. Once a caseworker is believed to demonstrate all 16 skills, he/she is observed and interviewed, and submits sample case records for review by the Implementation Team using standard tools developed by Solution Based Casework to ensure that skill acquisition has been demonstrated. Additional preparation activities credential the Implementation Team’s inter-rater reliability though mock reviews.

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for Solution-Based Casework (SBC) as listed below:

Programs that adopt Solution Based Casework have full access to all of the materials, both those that are generic to the model, and those that have been adapted in various jurisdictions.

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has been conducted on how to implement Solution-Based Casework (SBC) as listed below:

  • Antle, B. F., Barbee, A. P., & van Zyl, M. A. (2008). A comprehensive model for child welfare training evaluation. Child and Youth Services Review, 30(9), 1063-1080.
  • Antle, B. F., Sullivan, D. J., Barbee, A. P., & Christensen, D. N. (2010). The Effects of Training Reinforcement on Training Transfer. Child Welfare, 32(2), 223-230.
  • Barbee, A. P., Christensen, D., Antle, B., Wandersman, A., & Cahn, K. (2011). Successful adoption and implementation of a comprehensive casework practice model in a public child welfare agency: Application of the Getting to Outcomes (GTO) model. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 622–633.
  • Pipkin, S., Sterrett, E. M., Antle, B., & Christensen, D. N. (2013). Washington State's adoption of a child welfare practice model: An illustration of the Getting To Outcomes implementation framework. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(12), 1923-1932.
  • van Zyl, M. A., Barbee, A. P., Cunningham, M. R., Antle, B. F., Christensen, D. N., & Boamah, D. (2014). Components of the solution-based casework child welfare practice model that predict positive child outcomes. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8(4), 433-465.