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New Website Provides Guidance on Evidence-Based Practices

7/26/2006:   After many months of planning and preparation by the California Department of Social Services, the new California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) is now online.

CEBC helps identify and disseminate information regarding evidence-based practices relevant to child welfare. Evidence-based practices are those that have empirical research supporting their efficacy. CEBC provides guidance on evidence-based practices to statewide agencies, counties, public and private organizations, and individuals. This guidance is provided in straightforward formats, reducing the user's need to conduct literature searches, review extensive literature, or understand and critique research methodology.

Examples of how workers in the field can use the site include:
  • Public and private child welfare agency directors and leaders can use the site as a tool for identifying, selecting, and implementing evidence-based practices, as well as to obtain information about evaluating policy and funding decisions relevant to child welfare practice.

  • Front-line supervisors and staff can access the most up-to-date information on research-supported practices relative to the management of child welfare cases.

  • Community service providers can use the information about evidence-based practices to secure funding and for partnering in the implementation of evidence-based practices.

  • Academic and regional training institutions can integrate evidence-based child welfare practices into academic and training programs, and priority areas can be identified where further research is needed.
As part of its improvement strategies, the California Department of Social Services selected the Chadwick Center for Children and Families--Children’s Hospital and Health Center San Diego, in cooperation with the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, to create CEBC.

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