Pittman teed off the conversation on evidence-based practice with the observation that the term evidence has come up more in the last two years than it did in the last two decades. Shay highlighted the importance of evidence, emphasizing the need to look beyond the mindset of only focusing on rigorously evaluated programs to look at a variety of models.
Using evidence-based programs effectively means doing much more than just selecting a brand-name intervention. Matching the right intervention to the needs of an individual, training staff, assessing risks and needs at the outset and continuous evaluation and improvement are all essential, all three panelists agreed.
Listen to the recording of the session: http://www.readyby21.org/events/webinars/thought-leader-roundtable-we-really-do-know-what-works-using-evidence-create-lasting.
Read a short article on the conversation: http://jjie.org/evidence-doesnt-only-mean-brand-name-programs-expert-says/285120/.