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The Best Project pilot study was designed to test and refine a strategy for implementing evidence-based practice (EBP) in several social work agencies. The findings are reported in a series of articles and chapters including the following:

Mullen, Edward J., Bellamy, Jennifer L., Bledsoe, Sarah E. (2005). Implementing evidence-based social work practice. In: Peter Sommerfeld (Ed.): Evidence-based social work – Towards a new professionalism? Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, p. 149-172.

Mullen, E. J., Shlonsky, A., Bledsoe, S. E., & Bellamy, J. L. (2005). From concept to implementation: Challenges facing evidence based social work. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Debate, Research, and Practice, 1(1).

Bellamy, J., Bledsoe, S.E., and Traube, D. (2006). The current state of evidence based practice in social work: A review of the literature and qualitative analysis of expert interviews. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 3, 23-48.

Mullen, E. J., Bellamy, J. L., Bledsoe, S. E., & Julia J Francois, J. J. (2007). Teaching evidence-based practice. Research on Social Work Practice 17(5): 574-582.

Mullen, E. J., J. L. Bellamy, & Bledsoe, S. E. (2007). Evidenzbasierte praxis in der sozialen arbeit. Evidenzbasierte Soziale Arbeit: Nutzung von Forschung in der Praxis. P. Sommerfeld and M. Huttemann. Baltmannsweiler, Germany, Schneider Verlag Hohengehren: 10-25.

Bellamy, J., Bledsoe, S.E., Mullen, E.J., Fang, L., & Manuel, J. (2008). Agency-University Partnership for Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work. Journal of Social Work Education. 44(3): 55-75.

Mullen, E. J., Bledsoe, S. E., & Bellamy, J. L. (2008). Implementing evidence-based social work practice. Research on Social Work Practice. 18(4): 325-338.

Mullen, E. J., Bellamy, J. L., & Bledsoe, S. E. (2008). Limits of evidence in evidence-based policy & practice. In I. M. Bryderup (Ed.), The diversity of research methods, approaches and theories in evaluation of social work practice. Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University Press.

Manuel, J. I., Mullen, E. J., Fang, L., Bellamy, J. L., & Bledsoe, S. E. (2009). Preparing Social Work Practitioners to use Evidence-based Practice: A Comparison of Experiences from an Implementation Project, Research on Social Work Practice. 19 (5): 613-627.

Bellamy, J., Bledsoe, S., & Mullen, E. J., (2009). The cycle of evidence-based practice. In H.-U. Otto, A. Polutta & H. Ziegler (Eds.), Evidence-based practice - Modernising the knowledge base of social work?. Leverkusen-Opladen, Germany: Barbara Budrich Publishers. 21-29.

Bellamy, J., Bledsoe, S. E., & Mullen, E. J. (2010). Evidenzbasierte Sozialarbeitspraxis – Konzepte und Probleme der Implementation. In H.-U. Otto, A. Polutta & H. Ziegler (Eds.), What Works - Welches Wissen braucht die Soziale Arbeit? Zum Konzept evidenzbasierter Praxis (pp. 29-62). Opladen, Germany: Verlag Barbara Budrich.

Bellamy, J. L., Bledsoe, S. E., Fang, L., Manuel, J. & Mullen, E. J. (2012). Addressing the barriers to EBP implementation in social work: Reflections from the BEST Project. In Rzepnicki, T. L., McCracken, S. G. & Briggs, H. E. (eds). From Task-Centered Social Work to Evidence-Based and Integrative Practice. Lyceum Books Inc. 136-155.

Bellamy, Jennifer L., Mullen, Edward J., Satterfield, Jason M., Newhouse, Robin P., Ferguson, Molly, Brownson, Ross C., & Spring, Bonnie. (2013). Implementing evidence-based practice education in social work: A Transdisciplinary Approach. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(4), 426-436. doi: 10.1177/1049731513480528

Bledsoe, S.E., Manuel, J., Bellamy, J.L., Fang, L., & Mullen, E. J. (2013). Implementing evidence-based practice: Practitioner assessment of an agency-based training program. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work, 10(2), 73-90.




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