Working closely with a number of CorrectTech customer agencies, notably Time to Change Community Corrections in the Denver area (under contract for more than 400 beds in three facilities), with the guidance and direction of Evan C Crist, Psy.D., we have developed an expanded set of principles that are essential to real-world applications of EBP.
We are big fans of the research Brad Bogue and his companions did that led to the development of the original EBP Principles in 2005 - Implementing Effective Correctional Management of Offenders in the Community: Outcome and Process Measures.
In addition to adding four new applied principles, we have further defined and outlined some key thinking in how practitioners can view the principles of EBP in this updated take on putting them to work at a community corrections agency.
Introducing the new principles: Relationship, Accountability, Plan and Transition.
Not only have we added these four principles to the original eight, we have ordered them for practicality, easy application as a reusable process and prioritized program fidelity. For example, when measurement is listed as the next to last principle on a list, it might appear to be an item that can come later (or maybe never).
For a program pursuing EBP with repeatable processes and fidelity, we advocate starting with identifying measurement points and processes as the first step. Using measurement as a stepping-stone to help develop your agency’s capacity to adopt and execute the next 11 principles. We recommend viewing each principle as a step towards reliable and consistent EBP implementation for every client relationship. After your program has defined your measurement points and processes, we believe the first step in establishing the right environment for client behavior change is to build the therapeutic relationship. From there, many of the practices common to all EBP-infused programs (such as assessment, targeted treatment, and positive reinforcement) take place via individualized case planning. Afterwards, review your collection of measurements and results and provide your meaningful information as feedback to staff for continuous improvement.