What Is Evidence-Based Practice?
“Evidence-based medicine is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.” (Sackett D et al. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 2nd edition. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 2000, p.1)
The goal of EBP is the integration of (a) clinical/staff expertise, (b) best current evidence, and (c) client values to provide high-quality services reflecting the interests, values, needs, and choices of the children/families we serve.
Dr. Peter Greenwood a leading expert in the use of evidence-based practices, working in collaboration with the state of California and Governor’s Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, has clearly outlined the definition of best practices and strategies he states: “The term “evidence-based practice” refers to a program or strategy that has been evaluated through a rigorous scientific study using experimental or quasi-experimental methods. The best lists allow practitioners to select pertinent programs and strategies on the basis of likely outcomes and proven methods. There are two categories of evidence-based practices: brand name programs and strategies. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, as detailed below, but both must be properly implemented.”
The purpose of Dr. Greenwood’s work is to clarify what is truly evidence-based and thereby place communities in a better position to design a comprehensive investment strategy.
Our Mission is to serve youth and families through Evidence-Based Programming designed to promote prosocial behavior and healthy lifestyles with these Programs.