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Health Care Research & Quality (AHRQ) - Home
Washington D.C., USA
AHRQ is the
the Nation's lead Federal agency for research on health care quality,
costs, outcomes, and patient safety.
California Evidence-based Clearinghouse
for Child Welfare (CEBC)
San Diego, CA
The CEBC helps to identify and disseminate
information regarding evidence-based practices relevant to child
welfare. The CEBC provides guidance on evidence-based practices to
statewide agencies, counties, public and private organizations, and
individuals. This guidance is provided in simple straightforward formats
reducing the user's need to conduct literature searches, review
extensive literature, or understand and critique research methodology.
*Campbell Collaboration (C2): The Campbell Collaboration Library and
C2 website posts a searchable database of randomized controlled clinical
trials and systematic reviews of social, psychological, education, and
criminological research. All research presented on the website has met
rigorous methodological standards and are designed to provide
researchers, policy makers, and practitioners with critical reviews of
current research. Currently twenty one full reviews are available to
download from the website and several more are currently in progress.
Centre for Clinical Effectiveness,
Monash Institute of Public Health
(follow links to "Evidence Reports")
Centre for Evidence-based
Medicine, University of Toronto
The goal of this website is to help
develop, disseminate, and evaluate resources that can be used to
practise and teach EBM for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing
education for health care professionals from a variety of clinical
disciplines. This site also serves as a support for the book entitled,
Evidence-based Medicine: How to practice and teach EBM by David L.
Sackett, Sharon E. Straus, W. Scott Richardson, William Rosenberg, and
R. Brian Haynes.
Centre for Evidence-based Mental
Promoting and supporting the teaching
and practice of evidence based mental healthcare. The Centre is located
in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.
Centre for Evidence-Based Social Services (CEBSS)
CEBSS is jointly funded by The
Department of Health and a consortium of Social Services Departments in
the South West of England with the main aim of ensuring that decisions
taken at all levels in Social Services are informed by trends from
good-quality research. CEBSS is based at the University of Exeter and is
part of the Peninsula Medical School.
Centre for Evaluation of Social Services: English Version Home Website
centre website outlines research activities of the Centre and
publications, mainly in Swedish, in the areas of substance abuse, child
and adolescent welfare, economic aid, ethnicity, migration and social
work, and the theory and practice of evaluation. A newsletter is also
posted and some publication off prints of manuscripts original published
in Swedish and international journals are available in English.
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)
and Evidence-based Practice
Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) is a programme within Learning &
Development at the Public Health Resource Unit. Since 1993 the programme
has helped to develop an evidence-based approach in health and social
care, working with local, national and international groups.
CASP aims to enable individuals to develop the skills to find and make
sense of research evidence, helping them to put knowledge into
practice. CASP’s workshops and resources are in three main areas of work
which are reflected in CASP’s three-arrow logo: finding research
evidence, appraising research evidence, and acting on research evidence.
Curriculum, Evaluation, and
Management Centre (CEM)
The CEM Centre is committed to
applying the best standards of science to the development and evaluation
of policies. Since the ALIS project started in 1983, we appear to have
become the largest provider of performance indicators to schools and
colleges in the world, through the distributed research projects that
are listed overleaf. We also run the biennial conference Evidence-Based
Policies And Indicator Systems, an international andmulti-disciplinary
conference, first held in July 1997 at the University of Durham. This
conference is part of our commitment to developing evidence-based
practice, as is our work for an Evidence-Based Education Network in
which schools, colleges and LEAs share good evidence as to policies that
work. We have undertaken research with many government agencies to
develop, test and evaluate policies, most recently the Value Added
National Project in England.
Dartmouth University’s Evidence-based Practices Web Site
site focusing on evidence-based practices in mental health services.
Department of Health and Human Services: Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality Evidence Based Practice
Washington, D.C., United States
department website provides links to evidence base practice centers in
the United States and Canada performing funded research and information
mainly in the area of physical health, but also provides reports in
psychiatry and substance abuse.
Health Information Research Unit,
The Health Information Research Unit
(HIRU) at McMaster University conducts research in the field of health
information science and is dedicated to the generation of new knowledge
about the nature of health and clinical information problems, the
development of new information resources to support evidence-based
health care, and the evaluation of various innovations in overcoming
health care information problems.
Evidence-based Healthcare Toolbox
This site supports the book: Gray, J.
A. M. (2001). Evidence-based healthcare (2 ed.). New York: Churchill
Evidence-Based Medicine: Finding
the Best Clinical Literature by Jo Dorsch, Library of the Health
Sciences - Peoria, University of Illinois at Chicago
This guide is designed to assist
health care professionals and students become effective and efficient
users of the medical literature.
Evidence-Based Medicine Tool Kit
Evidence-Based Medicine: What it is and What it isn’t
This site provides an article which
is based on an editorial from the British Medical Journal on 13th
January 1996 (BMJ 1996; 312: 71-2) by David L Sackett, William MC
Rosenberg, JA Muir Gray, R Brian Haynes, W Scott Richardson.
Evidence based policy & practice (EPPI-Centre),
University of London, Institute of Education, Social Science Research
The Social Science Research Unit,
directed by Professor Ann Oakley, is a research centre at the University
of London Institute of Education. It was established in October 1990
with a remit to develop a programme of policy-relevant work in the broad
areas of education and health. It is resourced both from central
Institute of Education funds and from research grants. The Unit's
research programme covers health, education and welfare, and employs a
range of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Unit staff
have national and international reputations in their fields of
expertise. In addition to descriptive analytic and experimental
evaluations of social interventions, SSRU is also highly involved in
research synthesis to inform policy and practice of social interventions
and in building research capacity in this area. This programme of work
is located in the EPPI-Centre which has three inter-linked streams of
work: Health promotion:research and dissemination of information
relating to the evaluation of health promotion interventions;
Education:a centre for evidence informed policy and practice in
education; User involvement: investigating the generation and the use of
evidence of effectiveness as seen by people using health and education
Evidence-based Practice Centers
for synthesizing scientific evidence to improve quality and
effectiveness in health care
Under the Evidence-based Practice
Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly the
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—AHCPR), 5-year contracts are
awarded to institutions in the United States and Canada to serve as
Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The EPCs review all relevant
scientific literature on clinical, behavioral, and organization and
financing topics to produce evidence reports and technology assessments.
The EPCs also conduct research on methodologies and the effectiveness of
their implementation, and provide technical assistance in translating
the reports and assessments into quality improvement tools and in
helping to inform coverage policies.
Evidence-Based Practice for the Helping Professions
The information contained in this
website appears in: Gibbs, L. (2003). Evidence-Based Practice for the
Helping Professions: A Practical Guide with Integrated Multimedia,
Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/ Cole an Imprint of Wadsworth Publishers. This
site provides additional resources for the book.
The Focus Point for Evidence Based
Policy and Practice Research in the UK. A starting point for accessing
social science research publications relevant to policy and practice.
Open to users in the research community, the voluntary sector, local and
central government, public agencies and commercial organizations
providing search tools and a referral framework to enable users to
pursue their enquiries. A forum for debate and discussion of issues and
problems in relation to evidence-based policy.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Clinical Trials Network
Maryland, United States
U.S. institute website provides information about drug abuse related
research studies and contact information for regional research “nodes”
currently carrying out studies and trainings related to research based
York State Office of Mental Health (OMH): Creating an Environment of
Through Evidence-Based Practices
York State, United States
Under a new “Winds of Change” campaign New York’s OMH website outlines
its program to provide Accountability, Best practice, and Coordination
of care, or the “ABCs” of mental health care based on federal policy and
research initiatives and a recent Best Practices conference in 2001. The
website includes a primer on evidence based practice including
highlights on: definitions of EBP and “best practices”, toolkits, as
well as priority EBPs for adults and children. Each priority EBP is
outlined in an overview format to highlight major research findings and
definitions. The website also provides a downloadable version of the New
York State Mental Health progress report which give an overview of the
large and varied state public mental health system. Other helpful links
include articles and other resources on specific EBPs in New York state,
draft program fidelity scales, and examples of EBP implementation plans.
North Carolina Evidence Based Practices Center
The North Carolina Evidence Based Practices Center is
dedicated to the support of evidence based mental health practices,
treatments, and interventions. In partnership with the North Carolina
Council of Community Programs and the North Carolina Division of Mental
Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, our
training program is based on five evidence based practice toolkits
developed and endorsed by nationally recognized experts. The program
offers training, consultation, and other assistance to help
practitioners and administrators make the changes required by ongoing
mental health reforms in North Carolina.
Evidence-based Practice Center
Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center (Oregon EPC) conducts systematic
reviews of healthcare topics for federal and state agencies and private
foundations. These reviews report the evidence from clinical research
studies and the quality of that evidence for use by policy makers in
decisions on guidelines and coverage issues.
Picker Institute Europe (National
Research Corporation USA
The Picker Institute works with
health care providers throughout Europe using scientifically validated
instruments and rigorous survey methodologies to evaluate the quality of
their services and provide them with actionable feedback. It also
carries out research and educational activities on healthcare quality
improvement and methods for promoting patient-centred care. The National
Research Corporation is the US affiliate.
*Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE): Home page
website provides a free online library with an extensive collection of
social care knowledge including practice information, skills tutorials,
research, and several thousand abstracts related to Evidence Based
Practice. The database is currently under redevelopment and the new
version should be available in early 2005. The site also includes two
practice guides: one for managing practice, which outlines useful tools
for managers including supervision and team development, and one aimed
at assessing the mental health needs of older persons. Monthly research
and mainly English policy updates are included as well as helpful links
to the Be Evidence Based website and research search engine and other
evidence based initiatives. The site also provides a number of
publications related to evidence based practice including pieces on
social work education, using evidence from diverse research designs, and
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP): Model Programs and
National Registry of
Maryland., United States
website provides information about substance abuse and mental health
programs tested in communities, schools, social service organizations,
and workplaces in the United States. Nominated programs are reviewed
research teams who rate the programs primarily on methodological
quality, but also consider other factors such as theoretical development
and community involvement. Programs are rated in increasing order of
quality as either: promising, effective, or model. Information briefs
are provided regarding each of the programs including an overview
description, estimated costs, background, target areas, references, and
creator or developer contact information. The website also includes
funding, helpful topic-specific links, and technical assistance
information. Also available for download from this site is the
“Comparison Matrix for Science Based Prevention Programs”, an outline of
research-based programs and their comparative ratings by five different
U.S. federal agencies as well as their rating standards.
(University of British Columbia)
The Therapeutics Initiative has been
established in 1994 by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
in cooperation with the Department of Family Practice at the University
of British Columbia to provide physicians and pharmacists with up to
date, evidence based, practical information on rational drug therapy.
The Initiative is an independent organization, which is at arms length
from government, pharmaceutical industry and other vested interest
*United States Department of Education Institute of Education Science:
What Works Clearinghouse
Washington D.C., United States
website is currently under development. It will provide systematic
reviews of education related research under numerous topic areas
including adult learning and drop out prevention. This effort is a joint
venture between the American Institutes for Research and the Campbell
Collaboration. As of yet the detailed reviews are not yet available.
Currently the website contains an overview of the standards employed in
the reviews and brief description of the topic areas to come.
*University of St. Andrews: Research Unit for Research Utilization
website contains a number of downloadable manuscripts related to
organizational change and learning, the development of a taxonomy of
research aimed at improving dissemination and a number of other areas of
interest to improving the impact of research. The unit is currently
developing a database of literature related research utilization.
University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries (n.d.).
Evidence-Based Practice Tools Summary. Retrieved July 1, 2005, from the World Wide Web:
web site provides a pyramid of evidence-based practice search tools
organized by level of evidence. Three meta-search engines are identified
(PrimeEvidence, TRIP+, SUMSearch) and other sources are classified into
University of York, Department of Social Policy and Social Work: Social
Policy and Research Unit
department website outlines research efforts aimed at the development of
policies and the delivery of services centered on the efforts of three
teams including the: 1) Children and family team 2) Community Care for
Adults Team, and 3) Social Security Team. Detailed information on a
range of research areas ranging from meeting housing needs of families
with disabled children to employment issues is presented including
research reports, outlines, and contacts for further information.
web sites are either direct quotes or adaptations from those provided on
the respective sites.