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Social Work: SW Evidence-Based Practice

Research guide for social work.

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

According to the Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI)... 

"Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a process in which the practitioner combines well-researched interventions with clinical experience and ethics, and client preferences and culture to guide and inform the delivery of treatments and services.

The practitioner, researcher, and client must work together in order to identify what works, for whom, and under what conditions.

This approach ensures that the treatments and services, when used as intended, will have the most effective outcomes as demonstrated by the research. It will also ensure that programs with proven success will be more widely disseminated and will benefit a greater number of people."

Code of Ethics

EBP is a part of the National Association of Social Workers' (NASW) Code of Ethics.

The Code "serves as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers."