Below is a short list of resources to consult when considering the adoption of an evidence-based practice. As an addiction technology transfer center, IRETA assists organizations with EBP adoption through training, technical assistance, evaluation and consultation. Read about our services.
Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice: CASA Columbia’s new five year national study reveals that addiction treatment is largely disconnected from mainstream medical practice. While a wide range of evidence-based screening, intervention, treatment and disease management tools and practices exist, they rarely are employed.
Best Practices in Addiction Treatment: A workshop facilitator’s guide: This step-by-step guide will assist you in developing and implementing a “Best Practices in Addiction Treatment Workshop.” This workshop model provides treatment practitioners with information about the value of using evidence-based practices in their treatment design. The 120-page manual provides templates for Powerpoint presentations and workshop handouts.
Bridging the Gap Between Practice and Research: Forging Partnerships with Community-Based Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Institute of Medicine: This online book examines the community-based drug abuse treatment system with the goal of facilitating new strategies for partnership and increasing synergy among those working in a variety of settings to reduce the individual and societal costs of drug addiction.
Criteria for Evaluating Evidence-Based Practices: This site provides the Iowa Practice Improvement Collaborative outline of criteria in evaluating EBPs.
Evidence-Based Practices: An implementation guide for community-based substance abuse treatment agencies: This manual provides definitions, a review of EBP literature, adoption and implementation challenges and barriers, assessment of readiness to change, and evaluation guidelines for EBPs.
The ATTC Technology Transfer model: A multidimensional process to promote the use of an innovation. This section of the ATTC Network website explains the model and offers more information about the implementation process and its components.
The NIATx model: NIATx designed a model of process improvement specifically for behavioral health care settings to improve access to and retention in treatment.
Organizational Readiness to Change, Institute of Behavioral Research at Texas Christian University: Findings from clinical and natural evaluations for the effectiveness of treatment interventions—especially cognitive and behavioral strategies—have led to renewed calls for transferring these “evidence-based” techniques into practice.
WHO Implementation Toolkit: This toolkit is designed to help people formulate research questions, conduct research, and develop a plan for implementing study results.
A survey of clinical practices and readiness to adopt evidence-based practices: The successful adoption of innovation must consider issues of fit, such as the characteristics, readiness, and attitudes of clinicians in the community. The researchers of this study constructed a survey to assess clinical practices and readiness to adopt certain evidence-based practices in addiction treatment programs.