Evidence-Based Practice, Data Collection, and Progress Monitoring

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This chapter discusses how school social workers can apply evidence-based practice to help meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all children. Evidence-based practice broadly refers to two different approaches: Infusing research and data use into school social work and applying empirically supported interventions in practice. The chapter details how school social workers can find and use effective evidence-based interventions. The process of implementing evidence-based interventions includes a cyclical process of assessing students’ needs, selecting the interventions, and monitoring progress by collecting data. Examples of interventions at tiers 1, 2, and 3 are presented, along with case examples that illustrate how school social workers have been successful at implementing these interventions. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the application of evidence-based practice as it relates to contemporary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic and diversity, inclusion, and equity concerns in educational contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Art of Becoming Indispensable
Subtitle of host publicationWhat School Social Workers Need to Know in Their First Three Years of Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780197585160
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • COVID-19
  • diversity
  • EBP
  • equity
  • evidence-based practice
  • inclusion
  • intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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