Evidence-Building Strategies in Child Welfare

Evidence-Building Strategies in Child Welfare


(upbeat music) – [Narrator] A movement to bridge the gap between child welfare
practice and research is gaining momentum. More and more, it is
expected that practices, programs, services, and policies will be supported by
evidence that demonstrates they improve outcomes for
children and families. Congress and state
legislatures are seeking to improve child welfare
systems by requiring evidence that the programs
they fund really work. However, in child welfare,
relatively few interventions have been rigorously evaluated, and as a result, few interventions
are currently considered well-supported by research evidence. To address this challenge,
the Children’s Bureau funded the development of the curriculum Evidence-Building
Strategies in Child Welfare. This curriculum prepares
the child welfare workforce to actively participate
in building evidence with the ultimate goal of expanding the number of evidence-based
interventions in the field. Using the latest eLearning technologies, the web-based curriculum
contains six interactive modules supported by experiential
learning activities, supplementary resources,
and video-based scenarios that illustrate real-life applications. Designed for flexibility,
the curriculum can be used as a stand-alone online course
or as an online component integrated into a classroom
or training setting. A detailed instructor’s manual is provided to support any child
welfare training academy or university instructor
offering the curriculum. Aligned with the Council
on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and
Accreditation Standards, the curriculum includes activities tailored for BSW and MSW students, frontline workers, and supervisors. The National Association of Social Workers has approved the curriculum for eight continuing education units. By developing the capacity of current and future child welfare professionals to support evidence building, this curriculum can
strengthen the field’s ability to implement effective practices that will improve the lives
of children and families. You can access the curriculum on CapLEARN, the Children’s Bureau’s
capacity building resource, at learn.childwelfare.gov. (uplifting music) This product was created under JBS International Incorporated. Contract number HHSP233201500074I funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services and does not necessarily
reflect its views.

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