Social Work Faculty Publications

Title

Oh How I Try to Use Evidence in My Social Work Practice: Efforts, Successes, Frustrations, and Questions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2013

Journal Title

Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work

ISSN

1543-3714

Volume

10

Issue

2

First Page

100

Last Page

110

DOI

10.1080/15433714.2011.597299

Abstract

Convinced by the literature that they could do better for their clients, in this article the authors describe their efforts to transform a categorically-funded program model at one agency from relying on authority and good intentions to evidence-based practice (EBP). Using a case study approach the authors describe a six-year research effort in which they experienced a modicum of success, including completion of a few projects, followed by paralyzing frustrations that warrant sharing with other social work professionals. Reflecting on their experiences, they posit a few questions about EBP for practitioners and leaders in the profession to contemplate. The authors then offer five pathways for moving the profession closer to making EBP a reality in social work.

Keywords

Children, evidence, practice, social work

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