Selecting an EBP to Reduce Long Term Foster Care: Lessons from a University-Child Welfare Agency Partnership

Stephanie Bryson, Becci Akin, Karen Blase, Tom McDonald, Sheila Walker
A growing implementation literature outlines broad evidence-based practice implementation principles and pitfalls. Less robust is knowledge about the real-world process by which a state or agency chooses an evidence-based practice to implement and evaluate. Using a major U.S. initiative to reduce long-term foster care as the case, this article describes three major aspects of the evidence-based practice selection process: defining a target population, selecting an evidence-based practice model and purveyor, and tailoring the model to the practice context. Use of implementation science guidelines and lessons learned from a unique private-public-university partnership are discussed.

Bryson, S., Akin, B., Blase K., McDonald, T. & Walker, S. (2014). Selecting an EBP to Reduce Long Term Foster Care: Lessons from a University-Child Welfare Agency Partnership. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 11(1-2), 208-221.