ERIC Number: EJ852127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Cultural Exchange and the Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices: Two Case Studies
Palinkas, Lawrence A.; Aarons, Gregory A.; Chorpita, Bruce F.; Hoagwood, Kimberly; Landsverk, John; Weisz, John R.
Research on Social Work Practice, v19 n5 p602-612 2009
Objective: The dynamics of interactions between evidence-based intervention (EBI) developers and trainers and organizations and providers that deliver the EBI was examined in two case studies, a statewide randomized effectiveness trial of an EBI to reduce child neglect and a randomized trial of EBIs for depression, anxiety, and conduct problems in children and adolescents. Methods: Data were collected using ethnographic methods of participant observation and semistructured interviews and analyzed using grounded theory analytic methods. Results: Formal and informal interactions between EBI propagators and end users provide access to resources and exchange of global and local knowledge of service delivery. Productive interactions require accessibility, mutual respect, a shared language, and a willingness to engage in negotiation and compromise to resolve differences in demands imposed by organizational culture, the need for EBI fidelity, and client characteristics. Conclusion: A cultural exchange characterized by information sharing and behavioral change through a process of negotiation and compromise is central to evidence-based practice in youth serving systems of care.
Descriptors: Client Characteristics (Human Services), Behavior Problems, Child Neglect, Organizational Culture, Participant Observation, Ethnography, Case Studies, Intervention, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Children, Adolescents, Interviews, Counselor Client Relationship
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