Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Practitioner Assessment of an Agency-Based Training Program

Sarah E. Bledsoe-Mansori, Jennifer I. Manuel, Jennifer L. Bellamy, Lin Fang, Erna Dinata, Edward J. Mullen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Responding to the call for evidence-based practice (EBP) in social work, the authors conducted a multiphase exploratory study to test the acceptability of a training-based collaborative agency-university partnership strategy supporting EBP. The Bringing Evidence for Social Work Training (BEST) study includes an agency training component consisting of 10 modules designed to support the implementation of EBP in social agencies. Qualitative data from post-training participant focus groups were analyzed in order to describe practitioner perceptions of the 10 training modules and trainer experiences of implementation. Based on the findings from this study the authors suggest that the BEST training was generally acceptable to agency team members, but not sufficient to sustain the use of EBP in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-90
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Evidence-based practice
  • agency-university partnerships
  • empirically supported interventions
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Sociology and Political Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Practitioner Assessment of an Agency-Based Training Program'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this