Child and Family Advocacy pp 205-215

Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)

A Multilevel Framework for Local Policy Development and Implementation



Children and families deserve to have confidence that the services and supports they receive are the most effective interventions available. The concept of evidence-based and promising practices has developed as a strategy for achieving improved mental health outcomes for children and families in recent years, and the implementation of evidence-based and promising practices has grown more influential in the United States (Raghavan, Bright, & Shadoin, 2008; Tanenbaum, 2003). The term evidence-based practices (sometimes called EBPs) refers to prevention or treatment approaches that are supported by documented scientific evidence (e.g., research results from randomized or quasi-experimental designs). Promising practices are those which, although lacking a rigorous base of research evidence, show promising field-based or theoretical support. These might include locally developed services and supports intended to meet the specific strengths and needs of local populations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Training, Research, Education, and Demonstration, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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