Get IN Chicago’s mission is to identify, fund and rigorously evaluate evidence-based programs that lead to a sustainable reduction in violence for individuals and communities most affected by violence and poverty.
What are evidence-based programs?
Evidence-Based Interventions and Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) are methods for serving a specific population that are supported by research evidence. EBPs can be something your organization has developed based on its own evidence of “what works”, or an adaption of an EBP another organization has developed with a similar client population to improve youth outcomes.
Since EBPs are developed with a specific population in mind and include a proven service process, implementation of an EBP involves:
- Knowing what the current research evidence identifies as best practice
- Aligning organizational practices with research proven best practice
- Staying faithful to EBP by consistently checking that actual practices meet the standards outlined by the research evidence
Why does GIC focus on EBPs?
With increasingly limited resources, funders want to invest in programs that will be effective, lasting, and make a positive impact. EBP programs hold some of the best chances for success.
Moreover, using an evidence-informed approach is the first step to ensuring that programs can withstand rigorous evaluation. At GIC, funding EBP programs makes it possible for our team to engage measurement.
Additional resources for learning about EBPs:
- Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
- What Works Clearinghouse
- Social Work Policy Institute: Partnerships to Promote Evidence-Based Practice
- Laura and John Arnold Foundation
- Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy