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What does EIP look like?

EIP will look different in every organizational context, for every practitioner, and with each family you work with. Some examples of EIP include:

    • Using evidence to inform practice and policy within an organization
    • Including stakeholder perspectives in decision-making
    • Understanding what works for your service users e.g. evaluating your services
    • Utilizing research evidence related to similar service users
    • Examining and utilizing broad research evidence as part of decision-making processes.

EIP at the organizational level:

    • At Staff/Department Meetings: Invite staff to discuss research related to a specific issue (e.g., working with high conflict families)that practitioners are facing
    • At Case Conferences: Discuss research in case conferences and decision-making
    • At Team Meetings: Support teams to develop their own strategies for utilizing evidence.

EIP at the individual/practitioner level:

    • Supervision: Devote time during supervision to discussing the evidence as it pertains to a certain topic or pending case decision (e.g., what are some evidence-based interventions for caregivers with substance misuse issues and what community organizations offer this intervention)
    • Professional Development: Individuals identify their own EIP learning needs(e.g., goal to become knowledgeable about strategies to engage families who have worked with child welfare over multiple generations)
    • Reminders: Individual practitioners should develop and set their own reminders to explore the evidence (e.g., every Friday afternoon for half an hour explore the research on a question or issue that you faced during the week).

What should I consider when interpreting research evidence?

    • What methodology was used in this study? 
    • What are the limitations and strengths of this type of methodology?
    • What are the key characteristics of the population involved in the study? 
    • Are there similarities and/or differences between this population and the children and families I am working with? 
    • How might this impact the relevance and applicability of this research to my practice?
    • Where was this research carried out? E.g. in a rural/urban setting? In Canada, Europe, Australia?
    • Are issues of culture and ethnicity considered in this research?

    • What do the results indicate? 
    • What do these statistics really mean?
    • Can I apply these findings to my practice? What do I need to consider before doing so?
    • What do these results mean to me and my work with children and families?
    • Are these results generalizable? If not, how might they inform my practice?
    • What does previous literature say about this issue?