Implementation Resource Guide for Social Service Programs: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Programming.

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Page Count
38
Year Published
2010
Author (Organization)
United States.
Office of Family Assistance.
James Bell Associates.
Resource Type
Report
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English

This resource guide is designed to assist social service programs in developing evidence-based programs. It begins by explaining concepts underpinning evidence-based practice and highlighting the use of practices that have demonstrated efficacy in improving participant outcomes. Evidence-based programming is defined as specific programmatic activities and processes which appear to be related to positive outcomes for program participants. Section 1 of the report focuses on project conceptualization and reviews programming decisions that will have a long term impact on the project. It provides guidelines for developing a project champion, needs assessment and asset mapping, building community partnerships and commitment, project design, and program evaluation. Section 2 presents guidelines for implementing an evidence-based program, including recommended practices for hiring project staff, staff training, the modification of an evidence-based program model or practice, recruitment of participants retention of participants, staff supports, implementation of a project evaluation, sustaining community partnerships, providing technical assistance, and project continuation. 17 references.

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