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Overcoming challenges to implementing and evaluating evidence-based interventions in child welfare: A matter of necessity

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  • Maher, Erin J.
  • Jackson, Lovie J.
  • Pecora, Peter J.
  • Schultz, Dana J.
  • Chandra, Anita
  • Barnes-Proby, Dionne S.

Abstract

This case study highlights the challenges and solutions for implementing an evidence-based program and associated evaluation in child welfare. The program is designed to support the mental health needs of youth in foster care in school settings. The intervention is unique, not only in the application of an evidence-based program to child welfare, which many scholars and practitioners point out is all too rare, but also because the intervention requires multiple system integration. In detailing the process, we hope to contribute to a growing body of literature documenting the integration of science and practice through the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs.

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  • Maher, Erin J. & Jackson, Lovie J. & Pecora, Peter J. & Schultz, Dana J. & Chandra, Anita & Barnes-Proby, Dionne S., 2009. "Overcoming challenges to implementing and evaluating evidence-based interventions in child welfare: A matter of necessity," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 555-562, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:31:y:2009:i:5:p:555-562
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    1. Keyser, Daniel & Harrington, Donna & Ahn, Haksoon, 2016. "A confirmatory factor analysis of the evidence-based practice attitudes scale in child welfare," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 158-165.
    2. Akin, Becci A. & Mariscal, Susana E. & Bass, Linda & McArthur, Vickie Burgess & Bhattarai, Jackie & Bruns, Kimberly, 2014. "Implementation of an evidence-based intervention to reduce long-term foster care: Practitioner perceptions of key challenges and supports," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 285-293.
    3. Marcynyszyn, Lyscha A. & Maher, Erin J. & Corwin, Tyler W., 2011. "Getting with the (evidence-based) program: An evaluation of the Incredible Years Parenting Training Program in child welfare," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(5), pages 747-757, May.
    4. Barkan, Susan E. & Salazar, Amy M. & Estep, Kara & Mattos, Leah M. & Eichenlaub, Caroline & Haggerty, Kevin P., 2014. "Adapting an evidence-based parenting program for child welfare involved teens and their caregivers," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 53-61.

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