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SW 3130 Child Welfare & Family Service / Prof. Sonali L. Zoracki

Evidence Based Practice

"attempts to integrate practice, policy, and research toward good and ethical care of individuals"                   

EBP  [Evidence Based Practice]

  • Develop questions that have answers
  • Obtain evidence to answer them
  • Critically consider validity and applicability of the evidence
  • Apply results of this inquiry to practice
  • Evaluate success

Authority Based Practice

  • Consensus
  • Anecdotal Evidence
  • Tradition                                                                          
Bisman, C., & Bohannon, A. (2014).  Social work: Value-guided practice for a global society.  New York: Columbia University Press. (p. 232)


Best Practices in Social Work


"Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a five-step process used to select, deliver, and evaluate individual and social interventions aimed at preventing or ameliorating client problems and social conditions."

Jenson, J., & Howard, M. (2013-06-11). Evidence-Based Practice. Encyclopedia of Social Work. Retrieved 25 Feb. 2017, from

Evidence-based practice

Evidence-based practice is “the use of the best available scientific knowledge derived from randomized controlled outcome studies and meta-analyses of existing outcome studies, as one basis for guiding professional interventions and effective therapies, combined with professional ethical standards, clinical judgment, and practice wisdom” (Barker, 2003, p. 149).