The CEBC has adopted the Institute of Medicine's definition of evidence-based practice: a combination of the 1) Best Research Evidence, 2) Best Clinical Experience, and 3) Consistent with Family/Client Values* (IOM, 2001). The focus of this website is to highlight the amount of research evidence that exists for selected programs and to rate programs utilizing the CEBC's Scientific Rating Scale. Clinical experience and consistency with family/client values are difficult to measure and are not evaluated by the CEBC. However, the importance of these two elements cannot be disregarded. To that end, the CEBC has added a section to the website that addresses culture and evidence-based practice.
The Cultural Resources Reference List for the CEBC provides citations and abstracts from articles that have been published in peer-reviewed, published literature about culture as it relates to evidence-based practice. This includes articles covering issues related to cultural adaptation, effectiveness of EBPs in cultural minority groups, and the engagement and retention of cultural minority groups in EBPs. The list is divided into two sections: The first part examines culture and evidence-based practice in general, and the second focuses on culture and specific evidence-based interventions. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.
Visit the CEBC-Sponsored Webinars page to access a recorded webinar entitled Evidence-Based Treatments (EBTs) for Ethnic Minority Youth: What We Know and What We Don't Know by
Institute of Medicine. (2001). Crossing the quality chasm: A new health system for the 21st century. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
* This was modified from "patient values" to better reflect child welfare language.