Answered By: Melanee Vicedo
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2015     Views: 142

There are different kinds of evidence, and each type is located in a different place. These are all compiled in the EBP section of the Social Work Library Guide.


Clinical guidelines and best practices will provide you with model and example programs. Note that not every aspect of every program (such as a handbook) may be freely available, but you should be able to find an outline and general overview of what the program entails. Use databases like SAMHSA’s NREPP or National Guideline Clearinghouse to find evidence-based programs.  An example question to ask for these databases is: "Is there a model program for vocational training for patients with traumatic brain injury?"

Meta-analyses and systematic reviews usually focus on a specific clinical question and conduct an extensive literature search to identify studies with sound methodology. The studies are reviewed, assessed, and the results summarized according to the predetermined criteria of the review question. Use databases like Cochrane, Campbell, or Human Services Research Institute to find systematic reviews of evidence for treating a condition, or for intervening in a population. An example question for these databases is: "What is the best intervention(s) for reducing teen pregnancy in immigrant populations?"

In addition to the resources below, you can locate meta-analyses and systematic reviews in PsycINFO, in the advanced search in the Methodologies box.

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