Evidence Based Practice

What is an Evidence Based Practice?

An Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is defined as a "program or strategy that has been evaluated through rigorous scientific study using experimental or quasi-experimental methods". EBPs can be broken down into two main categories:

  1. Programs that have been developed and validated through controlled research, then offered in manualized versions for broader implementation, often with training and technical assistance available from program developers who have created for-profit or nonprofit organizations for this purpose (these are also known as "brand name programs").
  2. Strategies (sometimes also called "principles" or "practices" - another overlapping terminology), such as counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Sometimes, these strategies can also be components of programs and may have been subjected to empirical test.

Why are EBPs important?

The use of evidence based practice by law enforcement, local government, non-profit organizations and programs, and medical and mental health providers is vital to ensure that individuals, families, and communities are receiving the most up-to-date, research-proven interventions.

It is becoming increasingly more difficult for organizations and individuals to receive funding for their programs if they are not providing evidence based services and programs.

Greenwood, P. W. (2010). Preventing and reducing youth crime and violence: Using evidence-based practices. Governor's Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy.

Where can I find EBPs?

For an Inventory of Evidence-Based Programs, click here.

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