Welcome! This site is intended to be a link to research-based evidence about group work. The purpose is to make research evidence available to those who want to make group work demonstrably more effective and beneficial to participants. As the site develops, we will include more material. In the meantime, take advantage of the resources in the left column. Also, make sure you connect with our social bookmarking site below for updates.
For updates on research go to the EBGW social bookmarking site - click on the checkered box or go directly to http://delicious.com/EBGW. Once there, consider joining the network to offer additional resources!
What is Evidence-Based Group Work (EBGW)? More fully described in the book to the right, EBGW is "a critical process of the judicious and skillful application in groupwork of the best evidence, based on research merit, impact, andapplicability, using evaluation to ensure desired results are achieved”(Macgowan, 2008, p. 3, click on book for more information). EBGW consists of the following four stages in which group workers 1) formulate a clinical question; 2) search for evidence to answer the question; 3) evaluate the evidence for research merit, impact, and applicability (yielding best available evidence); and 4) apply the evidenceand evaluate for desired effects. This site was developed to help make the search for evidence—the second step in the process of EBGW—more efficient and effective. This site provides search terms and resources for finding group-based evidence. Please explore the links on the left and the new social bookmarking site.
A caveat! All information gathered through this site must be evaluated for research merit, clinical impact, and its applicability. For guides and checklists about how to evaluate the quality of information in these three areas, please consult the book above.