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Canadian Scholars’ Press
242 pages
6 x 9 inches
January 2012
Print ISBN: 9781551304014


Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice: International Perspectives comprises sixteen original articles about developing strategies to integrate knowledge into policy and practice in order to:

  • determine if interventions will have the desired effect,
  • ensure that public money is spent efficiently, and
  • increase the likelihood that practitioners are intervening in the lives of others on the basis of the best available evidence.

Treatment outcomes, knowledge sharing, outcome evaluation methodology, early intervention, prevention, the development and sustaining of implementation teams, and the creation of instruments to measure implementation capacities across local, regional, and state/provincial levels are all addressed.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction – Katharine Dill and Wes Shera

Section One: Conceptualizing Evidence-Informed Practice
Chapter 2: Pushing the Envelope: Future Directions for Evidence-Informed Practice – Katharine Dill and Wes Shera
Chapter 3: Tacit Knowledge As Evidence: The Role of Conversation and Stories in the Validation of Practice Wisdom – George Julian and Todor Proykov
Chapter 4: Evidence-Informed Practice in Child Protection – Aron Shlonsky and Michelle Ballan

Section Two: Strategies for Promoting the Use of Evidence-Informed Practice
Chapter 5: Interactive Strategies in Evidence-Informed Practice: Working in Collaboration with a Multi-Professional Children’s Workforce – Susannah Bowyer and Sarah Moore
Chapter 6: Methods for Engaging Key Stakeholders in Child and Youth Mental Health – Melanie Barwick, Don Buchanan, Michael Cheng, Ian Manion, Frances Ruffolo, and Kathy Short
Chapter 7: Changing Lives through Technology and Innovation – Ian Watson, Amy O’Neil, and Alison Petch

Section Three: Systemic-Level Efforts to Improve the Use of Evidence-Informed Practice
Chapter 8: Informing Policy with Evidence: Successes, Failures, and Surprises – Cathy Humphreys, Gaby Marcus, Ann Sanson, Kelly Rae, Sarah Wise, Marilyn Webster, and Sarah Waters
Chapter 9: Facing the Child Welfare and Mental Health Interface Challenges through Evidence-Informed Approaches: An Irish Case Study – John Canavan, Aisling Gillen, Kathryn Higgins, and Brendan Doody
Chapter 10: Achieving an Outcomes-Driven System: Critical Decision Points for Leaders – Sybil K. Goldman, Kay Hodges, Patrick Kanary, and James R. Wotring
Chapter 11: Let’s Come Together: A Macro-Oriented Model for Organizing the Support of EBP 156 – Karin Alexanderson, Elisabeth Beijer, Ulf Hyvönen, Per-Åke Karlsson, and Kristin Marklund

Section Four: Multi-level Initiatives in the Implementation of Evidence-Informed Practice
Chapter 12: Facilitating Evidence-Informed Practice: Participatory Knowledge Translation and Exchange – Robyn Mildon, Leah Bromfield, Fiona Arney, Kerry Lewig, Annette Michaux, and Greg Antcliff
Chapter 13: Engaging the Voice of the Child: Strengthens Practice-Based Research and Guides Multi-Professional Co-operation – Stina Högnabba, Hanna Heinonen, Tiina Muukkonen, and Alpo Heikkinen
Chapter 14: Partners for Our Children: A Case Study of a Public-Private University-Based Research and Development Centre – Mark E. Courtney and Tessa Keating
Chapter 15: Implementing Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare and Other Human Services – Dean L. Fixsen, Karen A. Blase, Michelle A. Duda, and Jacquie Brown
Chapter 16: Integrative Themes, Lessons Learned, and Future Challenges – Katharine Dill and Wes Shera

Katharine Dill

Katharine Dill, PhD, is Executive Director of PART (Practice and Research Together).

Wes Shera

Wes Shera, PhD, is Professor and Dean Emeritus, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Empowerment Practice in Social Work, Emerging Perspectives on Anti-Oppressive Practice, Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice


"This book is an important and timely contribution to the challenging topic of how to advance evidence-informed practice with vulnerable children and families. It will illuminate, inspire, and instruct all those who believe that good outcomes have to be founded on good evidence—most especially social workers, their managers, and service directors."

"Editors and contributors clearly identify the importance of evidence-informed practice, factors that challenge its implementation, and ways to overcome these challenges. This book is written in a clear and thought-provoking manner; it makes a strong appeal to social work practitioners and administrators, asking us to ensure, as best we can, that our efforts make a difference."

"The experience and analysis from the amalgam of leading international experts offers the social service field academics and policy makers a broader vision and deeper understanding of the route, roadblocks, and recommendations to implementing and achieving EIP/EBP. In sum, it is practical, readable, and usefula trifecta for those looking for helpful books on this topic."

It will illuminate, inspire, and instruct all those who believe that good outcomes have to be founded on good evidence—most especially social workers, their managers, and service directors."
—  Celia Atherton, OBE, Director of Social Justice, Darlington Hall Trust, United Kingdom

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