Quality improvement as a tool for translating evidence based interventions into practice: what the youth violence prevention community can learn from healthcare

Am J Community Psychol. 2011 Sep;48(1-2):56-64. doi: 10.1007/s10464-010-9406-x.


Health care has been working for the past 2 decades to improve the translation of evidence based practice (EBPs) into care. The strategies used to facilitate this, and lessons learned, can provide useful models for similar work taking place in youth violence prevention. This article discusses the history of evidence translation in health care, reviews key strategies used to support translation of evidence based practice into care, and suggests lessons learned that may be useful to similar efforts in youth violence prevention and intervention services.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Community Networks / organization & administration*
  • Community Networks / standards
  • Evidence-Based Practice / methods*
  • Health Services Research / methods
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / prevention & control
  • Program Development / methods
  • Program Development / standards
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • Program Evaluation / standards
  • Quality Improvement / organization & administration*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / methods
  • Violence / prevention & control*