A Technology-Mediated Approach to the Implementation of an Evidence-Based Child Maltreatment Prevention Program (Special Issue: Technology 2.0: A Focus on the Newest Technological Advances in Child Maltreatment Research).
Self-Brown, Shannon R. Osborne, Melissa C. Rostad, Whitney. Feil, Ed.
Published: November 2017
Vol. 22, No. 4 , p. 344-353
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Implementation of evidence-based parenting programs is critical for parents at-risk for child maltreatment perpetration; however, widespread use of effective programs is limited in both child welfare and prevention settings. This exploratory study sought to examine whether a technology-mediated approach to SafeCare® delivery can feasibly assist newly trained providers in achieving successful implementation outcomes. Thirty-one providers working in child welfare or high-risk prevention settings were randomized to either SafeCare Implementation with Technology-Assistance (SC-TA) or SafeCare Implementation as Usual (SC-IU). SC-TA providers used a web-based program during session that provided video-based psychoeducation and modeling directly to parents and overall session guidance to providers. Implementation outcome data were collected from providers for six months. Data strongly supported the feasibility of SC-TA. Further, data indicated that SC-TA providers spent significantly less time on several activities in preparation, during, and in follow-up to SafeCare sessions compared to SC-IU providers. No differences were found between the groups with regard to SafeCare fidelity and certification status. Findings suggest that technology can augment implementation by reducing the time and training burden associated with implementing new evidence-based practices for at-risk families. (Author abstract)
evidence based practice; child abuse; prevention programs; parent education; computer based training; information technology