Converting research evidence into practice is an issue of growing importance to many fields of policy and practice worldwide. This book, by a leading implementation specialist in child welfare and mental health, addresses the frustrating gap between research conducted on effective practices and the lack of routine use of such practices.
Drawing on implementation science, the author introduces a model for reducing the gap between research and practice. This model highlights the roles of social networks, research evidence, practitioner/policymaker decision-making, research-practice-policy partnerships, and cultural exchanges between researchers and practitioners and policymakers.
He concludes with a discussion of how the model may be used to develop more widespread use of evidence-based practices for the prevention and treatment of behavioural and mental health problems in youth-serving systems of care, as well as partnerships that promote ongoing quality improvement in services delivery.
“Using compelling examples of programmes and associated research, this book takes us through the processes needed to implement high quality services in child welfare settings. Researchers, administrators, policy-makers, practitioners and students alike will benefit from its honest look at what it takes to deliver a service effectively." Aron Shlonsky, Monash University
Lawrence Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health and Chair of the Department of Children, Youth and Families in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.
A medical anthropologist, Dr Palinkas conducts research on mental health services, global health and health disparities, implementation science, research-practice partnerships, and the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behaviour.
The need for evidence-based practice
Understanding and reducing the gap
EBP implementation in child welfare and child mental health
Social networks and EBP implementation
Use of research evidence and EBP implementation
Local models of EBP implementation
Cultural exchange and EPB implementation
A transactional model of implementing EBP