Why “Evidence-Based” programs are a worthy investment of resources
When faced with a problem, searching for answers can be easy! Put onions in your socks to lose weight, window cleaner clears away pimples… and the list goes on. One way to trust that a program works and is worth investing resources in is to look at the evidence of success. Data tells a story of what has been proven effective. When policy makers, business leaders or a funder look to make a long-term investment in a program or pilot project they seek positive outcomes and lean on data to tell the story.
What is “Evidence-Based Practice” and why is it important?
“Evidence-Based practice in the field of early childhood is the process that pulls together the best available research, knowledge from professional experts, data and input from children and caregivers, to identify services, evaluated and proven to achieve positive outcomes for children and families.” It takes years of results driven data collection to provide the evidence that a program, curriculum or practice has achieved efficacy. These evidence-based programs are worth the long-term investment and have done the work and time to prove they make sustainable positive change.