the Evidence Based Practice and Policy (EBPP) Online Resource
Training Center. Sponsored by the Willma and Albert Musher
Program at the Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW),
the EBPP Online Center’s broad goal is to promote evidence based
practice and policy in social work. The EBPP Online Center
provides training materials, publications, and other resources
to aid practitioners from a variety of helping professions in
the process of formulating sound professional judgments that
necessarily precede, shape, and direct thoughtfully selected
assessments and interventions.
EBPP is a
priority focus for the
Albert Musher Program. The Musher Program is directed by the
Willma & Albert Musher Professor Emeritus, Edward J Mullen, whose
work has examined aspects of EBPP including issues
pertaining to implementation and training. In
particular, the EBPP Online Center is an outgrowth and extension
of the BEST Project, an initiative of the Musher Program
led by Dr. Mullen and a team of former doctoral
students, Dr. Jennifer Bellamy, Dr. Sarah Bledsoe, Dr. Lin Fang,
and Dr. Jennifer Manuel. The BEST Project was a four-phase study
aimed at facilitating the use of evidence based practice in
social work. The training materials and resources that were
developed for the BEST Project have been made available through
this website. The development of the training materials and
resources are attributed to the work of Dr. Bellamy, Dr.
Bledsoe, and Dr. Fang, who were key players from the beginning
in the design, implementation, and analysis of the BEST Project. Dr.
Jennifer Manuel assisted
with the analysis of qualitative findings and developed the EBPP Online Center website. More information
about the BEST Project, including the training curriculum and
preliminary study findings, can be found on this website.
Please note that the BEST
training program is being reported in various journal articles
and book chapters.
EBP is a
multidisciplinary framework that involves conscientious and
judicious decision making based on existing evidence, practice
expertise, and client situations, preferences and values. The
framework can be used at all levels of social work practice
including policy, management, community practice and direct
services. The BEST Project examines the application of EBP in direct
services within social agencies.
We hope you
find this website useful and beneficial to your practice. We
welcome any suggestions, comments, and/or questions through the
website’s feedback page.
information, please contact:
Edward J. Mullen, DSW
Willma & Albert Musher Professor
Columbia University School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York, 10027