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What is evidence-informed practice?

Evidence-informed practice means using evidence to design, implement and improve our programs and interventions. This evidence can be:

  • research evidence
  • lived experience and client voice
  • practitioner expertise and local knowledge.

We aim to increase evidence-informed practice in TEI services over time.

Why is using evidence important?

Adopting an evidence-informed approach will help us to meet client needs in the best possible way. Using evidence supports us to:

  • Do more of ‘what works’ - using evidence helps us provide services that meet the needs of our clients and communities. We can use evidence to inform our decision making help us avoid harmful or ineffective approaches.
  • Explain our work - evidence helps us explain how we will achieve outcomes, why we have taken a particular approach or why we provide a particular service.
  • Continuously learn and improve together – using and collating evidence helps us to continuously improve our services. We will learn from our programs, innovative pilots, research evidence and evaluations to improve our work.

How can evidence be used?

In the TEI program, evidence can be used to:

  • identify local priorities and understand client needs e.g. local knowledge about client needs, research evidence about particular client cohorts, quantitative data about demand and pathways
  • understand how to improve client outcomes e.g. research evidence that supports your theory of change
  • identify what works in earlier intervention e.g. research evidence about successful programs
  • continuously improve program delivery and performance e.g. modifying programs in response to new evidence
  • improve client experience and service uptake e.g. client satisfaction surveys, research evidence about programs with strong uptake.
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Last updated: 15 Sep 2022