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Evidence-Based Practices

Best Practices

The Affordable Housing Committee is tasked with compiling, analyzing, and disseminating Best Practices and Innovations regarding Affordable Housing.  She the link list on the right for Practices reviewed by the Committee.  The criteria for is described below.

Evidence-Based Practice
An evidence-based practice (EBP) is commonly accepted as the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of a client.  Such practice is generally deemed evidence based only if research has proven significant positive outcomes in two or more controlled studies.  Within the field of homeless housing and services, the promotion and use of evidence based practices continues to grow.  While many factors play a role in the increased utilization of EBPs, there are two factors that stand out.  First, EPBs have proven to be more effective in producing positive outcomes for clients served than their traditional counterparts.  The proven cost-effectiveness of most EBPs is often a significant cause for the adoption of such practices.

Best Practice
A Best Practice is an intervention, method or technique that has consistently been proven effective through the most rigorous scientific research (especially conducted by independent researchers) and which has been replicated across several cases or examples. To be a ‘best practice’, an intervention must be able to show that it produces better results than other approaches and that is a practice that can potentially be adapted with success in other contexts and/or scaled up to a systems-wide approach.

Promising Practice
An intervention is considered to be a Promising Practice when there is sufficient evidence to claim that the practice is proven effective at achieving a specific aim or outcome, consistent with the goals and objectives of the activity or program. Ideally, Promising Practices demonstrate their effectiveness through the most rigorous scientific research, however there is not enough generalizable evidence to label them ‘best practices’.

Emerging Practice
Emerging practices are interventions that are new, innovative and which hold promise based on some level of evidence of effectiveness or change that is not research-based and/or sufficient to be deemed a ‘promising’ or ‘best’ practice. In some cases, this is because an intervention is new and there has not been sufficient time to generate convincing results. Nevertheless, information about such interventions is important because it highlights innovation and emerging practices worthy of more rigorous research. We cannot simply assert that a given approach is outstanding without being able to demonstrate that it has an impact.