ERIC Number: EJ1065336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Research-Practice Integration in Real Practice Settings: Issues and Suggestions
Cheung, Monit; Ma, Anny K.; Thyer, Bruce A.; Webb, Ann E.
Research on Social Work Practice, v25 n4 p523-530 Jul 2015
At the National Bridging the Research and Practice Gap Symposium to discuss evidence-based practice (EBP) in social work, 150 participants attended five breakout groups to address real practice setting applications. These participants from social work academia and practice communities addressed issues and looked for solutions to promote research-practice integration. Their discussions of EBP implementation issues identified five areas of focus, including the urgent need to (1) provide training, (2) design interventions based on developmental and cultural competence, (3) plan research-informed strategies with an effective infrastructure, (4) initiate research-practice integration in the process of developing social work interventions, and (5) prepare future practitioners and educators to begin collaborative work. Their recommendations focused on people-oriented, skills-based preparations, such as the provision of consumer-oriented EBP information, intervention applications and observations, development of formal training programs to connect academia to field practice, and a planning process to develop competence-based EBP curricula and practice bases.
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Social Work, Program Implementation, Performance Factors, Educational Needs, Intervention, Culturally Relevant Education, Strategic Planning, Teamwork, Fidelity, Comorbidity, Administrative Principles, Organizational Theories, Integrated Activities, Praxis, Technology Transfer, Caseworker Approach
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