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Social Work 8952: Evidence Based Practice: Home

About this Guide

This guide provides an overview of how to find research articles, books, and web sites that contribute to evidence-based practice.

The 5 Steps of Evidence-Based Practice

Why use EBP?

  • EBP discourages the use of pseudoscientific or harmful interventions.
  • It encourages professional social workers to base their interventions on evidence-supported treatment.
  • It is part of the Social Work Code of Ethics.

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a "process for making practice decisions in which practitioners integrate the best research evidence available with their practice expertise and with client attributes, values, preferences, and circumstances." Rubin, A. (2008) Practitioner's Guide to Using Research for Evidence-Based Practice. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

EBP is an educational and practice paradigm that includes a series of predetermined steps aimed at helping practitioners and agency administrators identify, select, and implement efficacious interventions for clients." (Encyclopedia of Social Work)

EBP is a process which involves critical thinking and evaluation of information to determine the most effective and efficient treatment for your client or community. It is a three pronged approach, taking into consideration:

  • The Practitioner's Individual Expertise
  • The Client's Values and Expectations
  • The Best Evidence

Subject Guide

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Kimberly Moeller
173 Ellis Library

Evidence-Based Practice Video

Traube, D.  (2007).  Evidence-Based Practice [video].  Retrieved August 24, 2013 from