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From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare: An International Reader

Aron Shlonsky and Rami Benbenishty


The terms ‘Evidence-Based,’ ‘evidence-informed,’ ‘best practice’, and ‘effective’ have become ubiquitous in scholarly and professional publications, government documents, funding applications, and training institutions across the world. Yet despite this avalanche of words, there is substantial disagreement with respect to the definition of evidence and how it should be used to improve the lives of children and youth. This book builds on the burgeoning evidence-informed practice movement in social welfare that evolved from evidence-based medicine some twenty years ago. A meaningful and inclusiv ... More

Keywords: Evidence-based practice, evidence informed practice, child welfare, child maltreatment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199973729
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973729.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aron Shlonsky, editor
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Rami Benbenishty, editor
School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Israel

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1 Setting the Context

1 From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare

Aron Shlonsky, and Rami Benbenishty

2 The Decision-Making Ecology

Donald J. Baumann, John D. Fluke, Len Dalgleish, and Homer Kern

2 Beyond Empirically Supported Interventions

3 The Question Drives the Method

6 Poverty and the Black/White Placement Gap

Fred Wulczyn, Bridgette Lery, and Lonnie Snowden

7 Challenges to Learning from Experiments

Mark E. Courtney, Michael Pergamit, Maria Woolverton, and Marla McDaniel

8 The Case for a Needs-Based Model in Child Welfare

Katherine L. Casillas, and John D. Fluke

4 The Delivery of Services within an Agency Context

11 Supporting Evidence-Based Management in Child Protection

Nico Trocmé, Lise Milne, Toni Esposito, Claude Laurendeau, and Mathieu-Joel Gervais