Evidence-based social interventions. A new ideology or an ethical imperative? Relevance to Lithuania
This paper reviews the rapid development of Evidence-Based Social work and Social Policy. It highlights the role of Oxford, the home of the Cochrane Collaboration and the new course in Evidence-Based Social Work at the University in this movement In defining 'evidence-based social work', it describes the history of 'harm' associated with well-meaning social interventions that we should see to avoid. Processes that have to be undertaken in order to develop evidence-based practice are outlined. The paper concludes that evidence-based policy and practice is more than an exciting new ideology. It is an ethical imperative for all societies that are democratically elected, espouse to uphold human rights and promote social justice.
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