Developing an Empirically Based Practice Initiative documents practice techniques that were used during a three-year training/demonstration project for child welfare supervisors working in the frontlines of child protection services in the Southeastern United States. This unique book is a guide to combining research methodology with staff training to enhance the quality of evidence-based practice in the field. The book examines techniques that were used in training modules in four states, highlighting practice models and intervention outcomes from an evidence-based perspective.
Developing an Empirically Based Practice Initiative includes details about the project from the federal perspective (The Children’s Bureau) and the operational implications at the Southern Regional Quality Improvement Center (SRQIC) level. The book examines the issues of providing technical research assistance to child welfare agencies and the complexities of cross-site evaluation with different political jurisdictions.
Developing an Empirically Based Practice Initiative examines:
Foreword. Introduction. Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grants: Knowledge Development Through Our Research and Demonstration Projects. Administering Research and Demonstration Projects Aimed at Promoting Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare: Challenges and Rewards. Linking Self-Efficacy Beliefs to Employee Retention in Child Welfare: Implications for Practice, Theory, and Research. Correlates of Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Protective Services Workers. Numbers Alone Do Not Tell the Whole Story: A Program Evaluation Designed to Generate Evidence-Based Knowledge and Practice in Child Welfare Supervision. The Role of Supervisors in Developing Clinical Decision-Making Skills in Child Protective Services (CPS). Systematic Case Review Data and Child Protective Services Outcomes: The Development of a Model in Mississippi. Longitudinal Research Design and the Realities of Changing Practice Environments: The Difficulty in Testing Models for Evidence Based Practice—A Case Study. Using 360 Degree Evaluation to Improve Clinical Skill Development by First Line Child Protective Services Supervisors. Agency-Academic Collaboration in Evidence-Based Practice: A Case Example in Data Driven Innovation. Index. References.