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From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare


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Part 1 Setting the context1. From Evidence to Outcomes in Child WelfareAron Shlonsky, University of Toronto, Canada, University of Melbourne, AustraliaRami Benbenishty, Bar Ilan University, Israel2. The Decision-Making EcologyDonald J. Baumann, John Fluke, Len Dalgleish,Homer KernPart 2 Beyond Empirically Supported Interventions: Innovative strategies for a complicated world3. The Transportability of Empirically-Supported InterventionsKnut Sundell, National Board of Health and Welfare, SwedenLaura Ferrer-Wreder, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden4. Common Elements and Common Factors Approaches to Evidence-Informed Children's Services: Stacking the Building Blocks of Effective PracticeRichard P. Barth, School of Social Work, University of MarylandBethany R. Lee, School of Social Work, University of Maryland5. Using implementation science to improve service and practice in child welfare: Actions and essential elementsRobyn Mildon, Parenting Research Centre, Melbourne AustraliaNancy Dickinson, School of Social Work. University of MarilandAron Shlonsky, University of Toronto, Canada, University of Melbourne, AustraliaPart 3 The Question Drives the Method: Different Types of Evidence and Their Use6. Poverty and the Black/White Placement GapFred Wulczyn and Bridgette Lery, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago 7. Challenges to Learning from Experiments: Lessons from Evaluating Independent Living ServicesMark E. Courtney, University of ChicagoMichael Pergamit, The Urban InstituteMaria Woolverton, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human ServicesMarla McDaniel, The Urban Institute8. The case for a needs-based model in child welfare: A concept to address child well-beingKatherine L. Casillas & John D. Fluke, American Humane AssociationPart 4 The delivery of services within an agency context9. Human Service Organizations and their Use of EvidenceHillel Schmid, Hebrew University10. Training Social Workers to Understand and Use EvidenceAnat Zeira, Hebrew University11. Supporting evidence based management in child welfare: A Canadian university-agency collaborationNico Trocme, Lise Milne, Toni Esposito, Claude Laurendeau & Mathieu-Joel Gervais, McGill University

About the Author

Aron Shlonsky, MSW, MPH, PhD, is Associate Professor, Director of the PhD Program, and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare at the University of Toronto.Rami Benbenishty, PhD, is Professor at the School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Israel.


"This book articulately describes an ambitious range of articles and topics by highly esteemed scholars in the U.S. and Canada. The international perspective is a valuable addition to available discussions of evidence based practice. " Dee Wilson, Casey Family Programs
"This book's topical coverage alone is a contribution to the child welfare research and practice literature, and it synthesizes a considerable amount of material that educators may find useful, not only in child welfare policy classes but also in practice classes." Bowen McBeath, PhD, School of Social Work, Portland State University
"Since the evidence-based practice movement in child welfare is still evolving, this book offers a fresh perspective on the various ways in which evidence can and should be used to guide the way in which child welfare policies, programs, and practices may be conceptualized and implemented using the best available evidence to ultimately improve child welfare outcomes."-- Diane DePanfilis, University of Maryland, Baltimore
"The book reflects insights developed in multiple child welfare systems, and emphasizes the importance of context, the local conditions, in developing concepts and research in this area. The detailed description of the historical development and current models, along the description of political, economic, and professional aspects, provides an excellent basis for the ensuing complex issues discussed in the book. In summary, through the integration of a review of concepts and dilemmas, the book provides conceptualization based on up-to-date perspectives in developing child welfare services and uses research and practice examples to gradually build an understanding of innovative perspective." --Margalit, M. Mifgash, A Meeting Point for Social-Educational Practice

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