Evidence-Based Practice

CalSWEC works with many partners to support the effective implementation of evidence-based practices, as well as building evidence for new practices. This includes co-sponsoring Symposia on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and supporting the development of Implementation Toolkits. CalSWEC also co-leads the Research and Training Network (RTN) with the Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC). The RTN facilitated the development of California's Statewide Child Welfare Research Agenda.


Human services professionals are moving toward an evidence-based model of practice much like their counterparts in medicine and other fields. As a partnership between the practice and academic communities in California, CalSWEC is working collaboratively with its many partners to define EBP in the human services, to determine how to effectively integrate empirical evidence into the everyday practices of staff working in this field, and to promote greater understanding of the potential of an EBP model in the human services.

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

Tools for Evidence-Based Practice

California's Statewide Child Welfare Research Agenda

A Child Welfare Research Agenda for California is the result of collaboration among the Research and Training Network and the child welfare research and practice communities during 2005 and 2006 to develop a common agenda for research in the field.

Leadership Symposia on Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

With our partners in the Research and Training Network, CalSWEC has sponsored a series of Leadership Symposia on EBP, beginning in 2005.  Programs and materials from the Symposia are available on this page.

Literature Reviews

The literature reviews posted below are intended to support curriculum development and practice in public child welfare.  

Evidence-Informed Webinar Series

In the Research and Training Network (RTN) Evidence-Informed Webinar Series, network partners present their research-based work including reports, curricula, and literature reviews, for the benefit of of a larger audience.