Understanding Evidence-Based Practices
Definition of Evidence-Based Practice
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines evidence-based practice (EBP) as a combination of the following three factors: (1) best research evidence, (2) best clinical experience, and (3) consistent with patient values (IOM, 2001). These factors are also relevant for child welfare. The CEBC has adopted the Institute of Medicine's definition for evidence-based practice with a slight variation that incorporates child welfare language:
- Best Research Evidence
- Best Clinical Experience
- Consistent with Family/Client Values
This definition builds on a foundation of scientific research while honoring the clinical experience of child welfare practitioners and being fully cognizant of the values of the families we serve.
Resources on Evidence-Based Practices:
- Understanding Evidence-Based Practices - January 2017
- Practice-Based Evidence - January 2017
- Types of Research Evidence - January 2017
- Medicaid Reimbursement to Support the Use of Evidence-Based Practices - October 2017
- Developing an Evidence Base for Your Program - July 2018
- Guide to Comparing Clearinghouses for Evidence-Based Programs - July 2018
- The State of the Evidence for Intervention and Prevention Programs for Child Welfare-Involved Populations - May 2019
Reference: Institute of Medicine. (2001). Crossing the quality chasm: A new health system for the 21st century. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.