Evidence based practice
What is evidence based practice?
Evidence based practice is a combination of practitioner expertise and knowledge of the best external research, and evaluation based evidence. It involves a careful, clear and thoughtful use of up-to-date evidence when making decisions about how to work with individual parents. Evidence based practice also includes steps which a practitioner or service can use to ensure that everything they do is evidence based.
Evidence based practice is:
“Finding out what works, and ensuring that the interventions we and others make in children’s lives are as good as they possibly can be”.
Evidence based practice involves a practitioner bringing their own knowledge and skills together with best quality evaluation research to make a decision about selecting what programme/intervention is most appropriate to the parents/children they are working with.
There are five things that a practitioner needs to think about when they are engaging in evidence based practice:
- Evidence based theory.
- Practitioner skills, qualities and knowledge.
- Programme and practitioner fidelity.
- Clear eligibility criteria.
- The best research evidence base.