Evidence-based expert: Gain support for EBP in staff development

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 14, 2008

This week's expert, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, shares how educators can get buy-in from their staff and other departments for evidence-based practice in staff development.

Q. You know that evidence-based practice is the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver staff development products and services. But how do you convince other members of the staff development department, and colleagues from other departments?

A. All staff development specialists are likely familiar with EBP in the clinical setting, so this will not be a totally foreign concept. However, implementing staff development EBP is another matter. You may encounter fear and considerable resistance.

Here are some suggestions for preparing your staff to implement EBP:

  • Provide a comfortable environment
  • Ensure consistency of definition
  • Ensure consistency of goals
  • Identify advantages
  • Identify barriers
  • Answer questions honestly

Depending on the knowledge base of your staff, you may be able to start developing your action plan at the preliminary meeting. You will need to gauge the comfort level of your staff. In some cases, it might be wiser to assign specific, limited tasks to be completed before a second EPB implementation meeting.

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