Evaluation and Certification

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Inspect What You Expect - Evaluate What You Are Doing

You require periodic performance evaluations of your employees, do you not?  So why do you not require that of the organization as well?

A key reason for evaluating an employee, program or organization is to insure they are on track to achieve the established expectations and that outcomes line up with your stated mission, goals and objectives.  The other key reason is to determine what adjustments to make when things dont line up as planned.

A good Evaluation Plan:

Measures performance – To provide tangible evidence you are putting resources where you should, and in particular, direct your scarce resources toward programs that are effective.

Demonstrates program benefits – Stakeholders have evidence to support sustaining your program.  Data gathered may be used to solicit funding, request additional funds to expand programs, or justify offering the same program elsewhere.

Helps improve program effectiveness – Your team can confidently point to evidence on how improvements in a program are a direct result of what you are doing.

Recommends improvements – You will know what adjustments to make if outcomes aren't likely to be achieved.

At Joyfields Institute we build our evaluation plans with a focus upon the degree to which an organization is Evidence-Based and Strength-Centered.  A Joyfields Institute evaluation assesses your intended outcomes, work currently being done, guides data gathering efforts and processes, measures results and examines the degree to which results line-up with intended outcomes.  We will then produce a comprehensive document reporting our findings and recommendations.   Our efforts install basic evaluation principles:

  • Utility: Ensures you are collecting credible, useful and timely information. An effective evaluation helps you determine what is working and how. It also informs decision-making to address current realities, make needed adjustments, or discontinue an effort altogether
  • Feasibility: Prioritizes evaluation that is practical, cost-effective and politically viable
  • Propriety: Accounts for legal and ethical standards governing an evaluation process. Careful consideration is give for all involved and for others who might be impacted
  • Accuracy: Relates to the rigor of your evaluation plan, data collection methods and willingness to report the bad just as much as the good. Data gathered must be accurate to both be useful and ensure your organization’s credibility.

Begin the process now by completing the  Someone will contact you to develop an evaluation plan to help you deliver the outcomes you are after.  If you prefer, call us at 770-409-8780.

Conducting a simple self evaluation is a great place to start.  Or you could take even bolder steps and commit to becoming an evidence-based organization or program.  Either way you will be miles ahead of your competitors.  Review how you can become an evidence-based organization (EBO) below.

Certification for Evidence-Based Organizations ℠ (CEBO)

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The Society for Evidence Based Organizations and Professionals, EBP Society facilitates professional certification in Evidence-Based and Strength-Centered expertise.  The certification recognizes the abilities and accomplishments organizations demonstrate in the area of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. Joyfields Institute experts work with you to insure you meet EBP Society certification requirements and help you implement your evidence-based program.

Certification requirements are the same for all types of agencies and organizations.  The following five areas are emphasized:

  • Knowledge and use of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices
  • Demonstrating effective leadership
  • Organizational culture and assessment
  • Strategic planning, performance measurement, and program evaluation
  • Building capacity and sustainability

Organizations in the program enjoy the following benefits and advantages:

Evidence-based benefits: Evidence-based standards generate data that can be used in day-to-day leadership and management. Organizational decision-making will also be guided by solid data and research evidence.  Certified agencies will find it easier to gain funding and stakeholder support, recruit and retain qualified skilled personnel.

Establishment of measurable criteria for improving operations: Through the certification processes, agencies continuously review policies, programs, and practices and have the ability to make identified improvements when deficiencies are recognized. 

Enhanced staff morale and professionalism: Certifications are awarded to highly proficient agencies and organizations that embrace evidence-based approaches. Staff of these organizations typically experience higher job satisfaction and morale. 

Improved Training: Certification will require written policy and procedures to establish evidence-based training and professional development for agency personnel. The professional growth of employees is viewed as a key aspect of becoming and maintaining a CEBO. 

What Others Said

When asked, "How has becoming a Certified Evidence-Based Organization (CEBO) benefited your agency?", an executive at certified evidence based organization replied,

"Becoming a CEBO has benefited us in multiple ways. It has helped us with successful grant writing, building a donor base for fund development, and in recruiting and hiring qualified staff. Our entire service area is a designated mental health provider shortage area. Most importantly though, we have seen successful outcomes for our clients and their families. It is exciting to hear our staff now talk about success stories with their clients, interest in new training opportunities, and future programs and services related to emerging research and best practices."

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why adopt evidence-based approaches?

A. The better question is probably, “why not?” EBP’s are proven approaches for any organization to function in as well as working with people. What other approach would you subject another human being to if it’s not one that is proven to produce optimum desirable outcomes?

Also it has increasingly become a requirement by most funding agencies, clients, victims, governments, taxpayers and the community at large. Working with patients is a delicate act requiring organizations and practitioners to demonstrate expertise every time in their delivery of services.

Q. What is the difference between a CEBO and a CEBP?

A. The CEBO is the certification process designed for organizations. It is a self-evaluation and external review program which provides a standard method for organizations to become certified as Evidence-Based Organizations. In doing so the certification process recognizes abilities and accomplishments they demonstrate in the area of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. In addition the program also provides an outstanding opportunity for organizations to enhance their evidence-based approaches, culture and proficiency.

The Certification for Evidence-Based Professionals (CEBP) is a training and self-study program followed by a half-day proctored exam which provides individuals with a standard method to become certified. It recognizes the abilities and accomplishments these individuals have demonstrated in the area of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. The Certification program creates progressive professional development and provides an outstanding opportunity for individuals to become highly knowledgeable and skilled in evidence-based approaches. The program enhances the capabilities of these individuals and the agencies within which they work; aids in the recruitment and retention of skilled and talented staff members; and enables participants to become part of a nationwide network of professionals devoted to improving their productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness, along with enhancing the performance of their agencies and organizations.

Q. How is it there are just a handful of Certified Evidence-Based Organizations (CEBO’s)?

A. Although the evidence-based movement has been around for decades in the medical health care field, it is relatively young in the human and social services field. Younger still is the movement to establish a standard certification process for such organizations. That effort officially got underway in August, 2013 when Joyfields Institute for Professional Development worked with the EBP Society, the Society for Evidence-Based Organizations and Professionals to institute the program.

The process of getting certified is rigorous and can take 6 - 12 months to achieve a Provisional Certification. Achieving a Full Certification can take as much as 24 months. Since its inception seven months ago, one (1) organization has achieved the Provisional Certification status. A few others are currently undergoing the process.

Over the years well-meaning organizations adopt often economically prohibitive model programs and practices for serving their clients to the exclusion of an evidence-based organizational framework. Such programs fade away when funding is exhausted. On the other hand practices installed at evidence-based organizations (EBO's) thrive and continue to serve their clients for very many years. Becoming an EBO provides that evidence-based organizational framework to sustain practicing agencies and the model programs they choose to adopt for serving their clients.

Q. What advantages does becoming a Certified Evidence-Based Organizations (CEBO) offer?

A. Beyond the obvious advantages noted previously, organizations in the program enjoy some key benefits;

  • Evidence-based benefits: Certified agencies will likely find it easier to gain funding and stakeholder support, recruit and retain qualified and skilled personnel. Evidence-based standards generate data that can be used in day-to-day leadership and management. Organizational decision-making also will be guided by solid data and research evidence.
  • Establishment of measurable criteria for improving operations: Through the certification processes, agencies continuously review policies, programs, and practices and have the ability to make identified improvements when deficiencies are recognized.
  • Enhanced staff morale and professionalism: Certifications are awarded to highly proficient agencies and organizations that embrace evidence-based approaches. Staff of these organizations typically experience higher job satisfaction and morale.
  • Improved Training: Certification will require written policy and procedures to establish evidence-based training and professional development for agency personnel. The professional growth of employees is viewed as a key aspect of becoming and maintaining a CEBO.

Q. What areas are emphasized for becoming an EBO?

A. The following five areas are emphasized:

  • Knowledge and use of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices
  • Demonstrating effective leadership
  • Organizational culture and assessment
  • Strategic planning, performance measurement, and program evaluation
  • Building capacity and sustainability

Q. Who are the founders of the certification programs for organizations and professionals?

A. The certification programs were officially launched in August 2013 by executives and an advisory team of evidence-based and strength-centered professionals at Joyfields Institute for Professional Development. The company worked with the EBP Society, the Society for Evidence-Based Organizations and Professionals.

Joyfields Institute is the world's leading company for Evidence-based & Strength-centered programs and supports training, consulting and performance evaluation. The institute serves customers by providing training and subject matter expertise to help customers build capacity for applying evidence-based and strength-centered approaches. Since 2000 the organization has proudly served over 1000 public and private agencies from all 50 US states and 15 countries. The company maintains a web site at www.joyfields.org.

EBP Society is the Society for Evidence-based Organizations and Professionals. The society helps build capacity and enhance the careers of organizations and professionals by promoting adoption everywhere of evidence-based and strength-centered approaches, providing efficient access to evidence-based education and resources, and facilitating Professional Certifications in evidence-based and strength-centered expertise. Its membership is made up of organizations and professionals including practitioners and experts, service providers, program developers and technology companies dedicated to evidence-based and strength-centered practices, programs and policies. The society maintains a website at www.ebpsociety.org

Application, Admission, and Certification Process 

Please submit the following:

  • Complete a standard application request indicating your interest in becoming a Certified EBO.
    • You will be invoiced the $495 application fee.

  • A 500 word statement that summarizes the work of the agency and why it wants to become a CEBO.  Attach your statement to the form you complete or simply attach it and send it via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further detail about the program process will then be sent to you.