From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare: An International Reader

Hardcover | November 6, 2013

EditorAron Shlonsky, Rami Benbenishty

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The information age is upon us and, with it, a new era of human services has emerged. The terms 'Evidence-Based,' 'evidence-informed,' 'best practice', and 'effective' have become ubiquitous in scholarly and professional publications, government documents, funding applications, and traininginstitutions across the world. Yet despite this avalanche of words, there is substantial disagreement with respect to the definition of evidence and how it should be used to improve the lives of children and youth. This book builds on the burgeoning evidence-informed practice movement in socialwelfare that evolved from evidence-based medicine some twenty years ago. Key insights from an internationally recognized group of scholars representing several child welfare systems promotes a nuanced understanding of evidence in all its forms; makes a strong case for understanding the role ofcontext in generating, interpreting, and employing evidence; and provides guidance for integrating evidence and context in the provision of child welfare services.The book begins with an introduction to evidence-informed practice and a broad overview of the different types of evidence that can be useful in guiding difficult decisions under uncertain conditions. This is followed by a decision-making framework that incorporates the use of evidence within thecontext of a complex child protection system. Next, empirically supported programs and treatments are evaluated with respect to their transportability across contexts, with sometimes surprising results. Two revolutionary approaches to the delivery of effective services, common factors and commonelements, are then introduced and followed by a treatise on the importance of implementation in child welfare settings. Embracing different types of evidence used for different questions, the role of randomized controlled trials, epidemiology, administrative and survey data are then explored.Finally, the context of service provision within an agency is explored through an overview of the structure, function, and culture of human services organizations; the role of universities in training staff and conducting relevant practice and policy research; and an applied example involving apartnership between a major university and a large child welfare agency.

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The information age is upon us and, with it, a new era of human services has emerged. The terms 'Evidence-Based,' 'evidence-informed,' 'best practice', and 'effective' have become ubiquitous in scholarly and professional publications, government documents, funding applications, and traininginstitutions across the world. Yet despite thi...

Aron Shlonsky, MSW, MPH, PhD, is Associate Professor, Director of the PhD Program, and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare at the University of Toronto. Rami Benbenishty, PhD, is Professor at the School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Israel.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsAron Shlonsky, Rami Benbenishty: IntroductionPart 1 Setting the context1. Aron Shlonsky, Rami Benbenishty: From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare2. Donald J. Baumann, John Fluke, Len Dalgleish, Homer Kern: The Decision-Making EcologyPart 2 Beyond Empirically Supported Interventions: Innovative strategies for a complicated world3. Knut Sundell, Laura Ferrer-Wreder: The Transportability of Empirically-Supported Interventions4. Richard P. Barth, Bethany R. Lee: Common Elements and Common Factors Approaches to Evidence-Informed Children's Services: Stacking the Building Blocks of Effective Practice5. Robyn Mildon, Nancy Dickinson, Aron Shlonsky: Using implementation science to improve service and practice in child welfare: Actions and essential elementsPart 3 The Question Drives the Method: Different Types of Evidence and Their Use6. Fred Wulczyn and Bridgette Lery: Poverty and the Black/White Placement Gap7. Mark E. Courtney, Michael Pergamit, Maria Woolverton, Marla McDaniel: Challenges to Learning from Experiments: Lessons from Evaluating Independent Living Services8. Katherine L. Casillas and John D. Fluke: The case for a needs-based model in child welfare: A concept to address child well-beingPart 4 The delivery of services within an agency context9. Hillel Schmid: Human Service Organizations and their Use of Evidence10. Anat Zeira: Training Social Workers to Understand and Use Evidence11. Nico Trocm., Lise Milne, Toni Esposito, Claude Laurendeau and Mathieu-Joel Gervais: Supporting evidence based management in child welfare: A Canadian university-agency collaboration