April 7, 2017
To our valued stakeholders:
We are pleased to share this initial resource guide for evidence-based services in Pima County. Watch this site for additional resources for our families
Evidence-Based Parenting Programs
Purpose of this Document
The Community and Court Collaborative – Evidenced-Based Services/Treatment (EBT) sub-committee has been tasked with researching currently available evidenced-based or evidenced-informed services in our local area. Children and their families involved in the child welfare system need access to quality treatment and services so they can optimize their ability to resolve the issues that resulted in the initial removal of children, and to avoid future involvement in child welfare. Likewise, professionals working with these children and their families need to be able to quickly identify the most effective program to address the needs of their clients.
A Focus on Parenting Classes
The EBT sub-committee decided to first focus on parenting classes because this is the most common service recommended to families in the child welfare system. To identify effective programs, we reviewed two clearinghouses for EBT programs, including the California Evidenced-Based Clearing House for Child Welfare and SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
We identified EBT classes that showed improved outcomes with a child-welfare population. We then developed a list of the available EBT Parenting classes organized by age range, number of sessions, session length, language, and capacity (see attached). This list will be distributed to professionals working in child welfare, posted on the Court’s website, and updated regularly.
In order for a parenting class to be considered evidence-based, the program must be administered with fidelity. Monitoring fidelity of local classes is beyond the purview of the EBT subcommittee. However, we encourage providers of EBT parenting classes to self-monitor, and to support this effort we have provided a Recommended Fidelity Checklist (see attached).
Definitions for Evidence-Based Treatment
The EBT subcommittee used the following definitions to guide us in selecting the programs on the list.
Evidenced-Based Treatment: Programs for which multiple, high-quality, randomized controlled trials (studies) have been conducted with a child welfare population that resulted in consistent positive findings. These programs are highly rated in the research and should be selected whenever possible.
Evidence-Informed Treatment: Programs for which multiple, lower-quality studies were conducted, including quasi-experimental research with a child welfare or other child population, which resulted in mainly consistent positive findings. These programs indicate a good foundational base of research and should only be selected when Evidenced-Based programs are not available in the local area.
Promising Treatment: Programs for which a single high-quality, randomized controlled study was conducted, using a child welfare population, which resulted in positive results or programs for which multiple studies were conducted with a child welfare or other child population that had inconsistent findings. These programs need more research to indicate efficacy. They should only be selected when Evidenced-Based or Evidence-Informed treatment programs are not available in the local area.
Program fidelity: In order to for Evidenced-Based programs to be effective, facilitators need to present the program according to the actual curriculum and program protocols. Program “drift” (i.e., adding material or eliminating material from the curriculum and protocols) may result in less positive outcomes, and perhaps even worse outcomes than if no program was offered at all. It is recommended that professionals who make referrals to programs listed as EBT ask each agency how they ensure fidelity.
Resources for Evidenced-Based Programming:
California Evidenced-Based Clearing House for Child Welfare: http://www.cebc4cw.org/
SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/01_landing.aspx
NOTE: If your agency provides programs not listed on this resource guide, please refer to the websites above to determine if your program is evidence-based.