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SOCW 6311 WK 1 responses 

Respond to at least two colleagues (You have to compare my post to 2 SEPARATE peer posts and respond to their posts and ask a question I have provided all three) by noting the similarities and differences in the factors that would support or impede your colleague’s implementation of evidence-based practice as noted in his or her post to those that would impact your implementation of evidence-based practice as noted in your original post. Offer a solution for addressing one of the factors that would impede your colleague’s implementation of evidence-based practice.

IT does not have to be long but has to in text citation and full references 


SummerLove Holcomb 

RE: Discussion – Week 1

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The Characteristics of the evidence-based practice (EBP)          

           The evidence-based program is defined as the programs that are effective and this is based on the rigorous assessment. One of the key features of EBP is that they have been assessed thoroughly in an experimental or quasi-experimental study. The evaluation of the EBP has been subjected to critical peer review and this implies that a conclusion has been reached by the evaluation experts. The EBP requires the ability to differentiate between the unverified opinions concerning the psychosocial interventions and the facts about their effectiveness. It is involving the process of inquiry that is provided to the practitioners and described for the physicians. This is important in integrating the best evidence, clinical expertise, and patient values as well as the situations that are linked to the management of the patient, management of the practice, and health policy decision-making processes (Small & O’Connor, 2007).

The assessment of the factors that are supporting or impeding the adoption of the evidence-based practice

           Several factors are associated with the failure to the successful adoption of EBP. The implementation of EBP for example in healthcare facilities requires the dedication of time. Therefore, lack of adequate time for the training and implementation of the EBP makes it hard to adopt it within the facility. The adoption of evidence-based practice also requires adequate resources. This, therefore, implies that there must be adequate resources to facilitate the effective implementation and the adoption of the EBP. This, therefore, implies that smaller organizations with unstable capital income might not adopt the EBP. Another barrier is the inability to understand the statistical terms or the jargons used in the EBP. This leads to barriers in understanding thus making it hard to implement the EBP (Duncombe, 2018).  Therefore, the factors that might support the implementation of the EBP are the availability of resources and adequate time.


Duncombe, D. C. (2018). A multi‐institutional study of the perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence‐based practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(5-6), 1216-1226.

Small, S., & O’Connor, C. (2007, October 6). Evidence‐based programs: An Overview. Retrieved from University of Winsconsin-Madison and University of Winsconsin-Extension.

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McKenna Bull 

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Characteristics of evidence-based practice: 

Evidence-based practice’s are widely used throughout the social service fields. Evidence-based practice’s are vast, and diverse. This being said, there may be some common characteristics amongst all evidence-based practice’s that ultimately distinguish these programs from others. 

The National Association of Social Workers (n.d.) states that evidence-based practice involves a process that creates an answerable question based on a client or organization need, locating the best available evidence to answer the question, evaluating the quality of the evidence as well as its applicability, applying the evidence and finally evaluating the effectiveness of the solution. In order to find the effectiveness of the solution, rigorous evaluation is necessary. A rigorous evaluation typically involves either an experimental design (such as those used in randomized trials), or a quasi-experimental design (Cooney et al., 2007). Essentially, a program is deemed and judged to be evidence-based if (a) evaluation research shows that the program produces the expected positive results, (b) the results can be attributed to the program itself, rather that to other extraneous factors or events, (c) the evaluation is peer reviewed by experts in the field, and (d) the program is “endorsed” by a federal agency or respected research organization and included in their list of effective programs (Cooney et al., 2007). 

Adoption of evidence-based practice or programs: 

Adopting any evidence-based practice into a program has its own set of factors that may contribute to the overall success or failure of the implementation of said practice. Prior to implementing a new practice or program, it is imperative that one ensures that the program is a match for the organization or agency. The evidence-based program should fit with the purposes of the agency, address the target audience and community where the program will be implemented, and fit the organizations objectives as a whole (Small et al., 2007). Another challenge some organizations should consider when seeking to implement a new evidence-based program is agency resources. Consider whether ones organization has the expertise, staff, financial support and time available to implement the program (Small et al., 2007). Implementing evidence-based programs can be fairly time consuming, resource intensive, and potentially expensive. Even if the program could benefit the target audience and would ultimately be a quality fit for the organization, if the organization does not have the human or financial resources to adequately implement the program, the chances of the programs success is quite limited. 


Cooney, S.M., Huser, C.M., Small, S., & O’Connor, C. (2007). Evidence-based programs: An

    overview. What Works, Wisconsin – Research to Practice Series, (6), 1-8. Retrieved from

Small, S.A., Cooney, S.M., Eastman, G., & O’Connor, C. (2007). Guidelines for selecting and evidence-based program: Balancing community needs, program quality, and organizational resources. What Works, Wisconsin – Research to Practice Series, (3), 1-6. Retrieved from :

National Association of Social Workers. (n.d.). Evidence-based practice. Retrieved from:

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Elektra Smith 

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Post a description of the distinguishing characteristics of evidenced-based practice. Then provide an evaluation of factors that might support or impede your efforts in adopting evidence-based practice or evidence-based programs.

 The value of scientific research has always characterized professional social work education and practice (Thyer, 2010). Scientific research or evidence-based theories and intervention techniques separates itself from intuition or perception. Individuals who suffer from psychological dysfunctions want to engage their time, money and resources into a system that actually are proven to work. Otherwise, helping people would end up coming from a biased placed, simply using personal opinions. As social workers who abide by core competencies and ethics, it is considered unethical to provide support for individuals based off of what we believe is best. Additionally, we are taught that the person who may be seeking help is really the expert at resolving their personal life issues and social workers are the professional helpers who provide scientific evidenced-based approaches, theories, interventions, and possible solutions. According to Dudley (2014), characteristics of evidenced-based practice include accountability, use of scientific research methods, the logic model as an analytic tool, stakeholders, political processes, an ethical code, and critical thinking.





Dudley, J. R. (2014). Social work evaluation: Enhancing what we do. (2nd ed.) Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.


Thyer, B. (2010). Introductory principles of social work research. In, B. Thyer (Ed.), The handbook of social work research methods (2nd ed., pp 1-8). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (PDF).

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