This guide was created to be a companion to the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) registry of programs and is based on the emerging body of research known as implementation science and on lessons learned through CEBC technical assistance efforts with county child welfare systems. The CEBC is one of the California Department of Social Services’ targeted efforts to improve the lives of children and families served within the child welfare system. The guide is designed specifically for child welfare administrators and social services providers and provides information and examples of implementation relevant to those working with children and families in the child welfare system. It is designed to provide concrete information that child welfare systems across the nation can use to evaluate what their system needs, examine what programs are currently being used in their system, make decisions about which new programs to add, and plan for implementation activities. Following an introduction, background information is provided on evidence-based practice (EBP), dissemination and training on EBPs, and strategies and frameworks for supporting implementation. An overview of the EPIS (Exploration phase, Preparation phase, Implementation phase, and Sustainment phase) framework is then provided as well as detailed descriptions of each of the phases and strategies for using the CEBC for implementation. Extensive appendices include resources and tools for implementing each of the EPIS phases. 10 references.
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