ERIC Number: EJ893083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
Beyond Evidence-Based Practice: Nine Ideal Features of a Mental Health Intervention
Bond, Gary R.; Drake, Robert E.; Becker, Deborah R.
Research on Social Work Practice, v20 n5 p493-501 Sep 2010
Objectives: Recognizing the limitations of conventional frameworks for identifying evidence-based interventions, we sought to develop a comprehensive set of criteria that would have practical and policy relevance. Methods: We identify nine ideal attributes of a mental health practice (well defined, reflecting client goals, consistent with societal goals, effective, minimum side effects, positive long-term outcomes, reasonable costs, easy to implement, and adaptable to diverse communities and client subgroups). Using a case study approach, we applied these criteria to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment. Findings: IPS generally satisfies all nine criteria, though the evidence is more limited in some areas. Conclusions: This framework provides a template that could be used to evaluate other social work interventions.
Descriptors: Supported Employment, Social Work, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Intervention, Mental Health Programs, Evidence, Theory Practice Relationship, Evaluation Criteria, Best Practices, Replication (Evaluation), Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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