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?