Becoming an Evidence-Based Organization: Core Skills & Planning for Implementation - (3-Day | CE Training Hours - 20)

Core Skills for Becoming Evidence-Based & Planning for Implementation

August 16 - 18, 2017 | Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Evidence-based policies, programs, and practices have become required aspects of organizations striving for effectiveness and sustainability. According to research, the benefits from implementing evidence-based approaches vary widely based on organizational characteristics.

Overall, Evidence-Based Organizations (EBO's) consistently demonstrate the ability to achieve desired outcomes through effective problem-solving and informed decision-making. In doing so, they use research evidence and data to drive decisions and to develop innovative approaches to delivering services. Their overall goal is to increase the likelihood that the agency and its clients will achieve desired outcomes.




The upcoming workshop lays the foundation for realizing the greatest promise these approaches hold both for achieving enduring client outcomes and for consistently reaching and exceeding the expectations of stakeholders and funding providers. Agencies are encouraged to attend as teams, as this will help accelerate the adoption and transition toward becoming an EBO.

I. Making the case for evidence-based reform and the framework for becoming an evidence-based organization (EBO)

a. Increasing accountability
b. Declining resources, increasing cost
c. Steady or rising number of health, human and justice services recipients
d. Increasing offender populations; ongoing recidivism
e. Expanding technology
f. Expanding evidence-based knowledge

II. Knowledge and use of evidence-based “nuts and bolts”

a. Evidence-based policies, programs, and practices

b. Evidence-based principles
c. Evidence-based management
d. Evidence-based organizations

III. Demonstrating effective leadership

a. Qualities of effective leaders
b. Leadership versus management
c. Empowering staff
d. Leadership philosophy

IV. Understanding organizational culture and assessment

a. Organizational culture in practice
b. Characteristics of effective organizations
c. Staff of effective organizations
d. Organizational assessment: Why, how, and by whom?

V. Engaging in strategic planning and performance measurement

a. Ineffective and effective strategic planning
b. Linking organizational vision and mission to agency activities and outcomes
c. Using data for problem analysis and needs assessment
d. Accountability for results through performance measurement
e. Ensuring program fidelity and continuous quality improvement
f. From performance measurement to program evaluation

VI. Enhancing organizational capacity and sustainability

a. Building internal and external support
b. Use results early, often, and in multiple ways
c. Ongoing role of leadership and management
d. Adapt and reassess over time
e. Marketing your success
f. Strategic funding and grant writing 

VII Advance Skills for Strategic Planning & Implementation

Having learned the framework for becoming and Evidence Based Organization (EBO), we’ll move to the next stage and plan for implementation. This program will provide the help you need to develop your agency-specific strategy and action plans for becoming an EBO, complete with tools and resources for assessing where you are and what to do next.

Participants will be guided and will collaborate as a team to produce strategic and action plans that will focus on the five major components of EBO development. they will use workshop time to develop their agency-specific strategic and action plans.

This session will address the common problems associated with moving from a training environment to the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based organizational change efforts. 

* It is desirable that 4 to 5 workshop participants attend from each agency, with at least one laptop computer available for group use. 

Participants will be given the opportunity to develop;

  • A plan for infusing trauma informed practices, and evidence based work into the strategic plan of the agency
  • An appreciation for ethical issues, and current and emerging considerations for human services
  • Strategic and action plans for EBO development
  • An EBO vision and mission
  • Organizational goals and objectives, centered on the 5 key aspects of EBO development
  • Action steps to be taken to carry out the strategic plan. These action steps will specify responsible individuals, time-frames, and resources needed


NOTE: Minimum requirements for admission into the program

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of relevant professional work experience, or
  • Associate’s degree and 3 years of relevant professional work experience, or
  • 5 years of relevant experience


7:00am:   Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
8:30:   Workshop Begins
10:00 – 10:15:   Am Break
10:15:   Workshop Resumes
12:00-1:00 PM:   Lunch
1:00   Workshop Resumes

2:30 - 2:45:


PM Break

2:45:   Workshop Resumes



Workshop Day Concludes Daily (Final Day Concludes At 3:30 PM)


David L. Myers, PhD, Professor & Director, Criminal Justice PhD Program, University of New Haven, & Author, "How to Become an Evidence-based Organization (EBO)"


Dr. David L. Myers, PhD, is a Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice PhD Program in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven. He previously was a Professor with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where he worked from 1998-2016. He earned his PhD in 1999 from the University of Maryland, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and previously received a Master of Science in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University.

Dr. Myers has taught more than 25 different courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, specializing in classes on research methods and quantitative analysis, juvenile justice and delinquency, and criminal justice policy, planning, and evaluation. He has published three books (most recently Becoming an Evidence-Based Organization: Demonstrating Leadership and Organizational Growth, Joyfields Institute for Professional Development, 2013) and over 35 journal articles, book chapters, or other scholarly works. His scholarship has appeared in such journals as Criminology and Public Policy, Crime & Delinquency, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Dr. Myers has presented more than 60 papers at national and regional conferences and is currently the Editor of EBP Quarterly, an online journal published by Joyfields Institute and the Evidence-Based Professionals Society, as well as Editor of Routledge Studies in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. He previously served for 11 years as Editor of Criminal Justice Policy Review (a peer-reviewed journal published by Sage Publications) and is a member of the Editorial Board of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. He has received a number of grants and contracts to support his research, including funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Dr. Myers previously served as the Dean’s Associate in the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research; the Interim Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at IUP; the Interim Executive Director of the IUP Research Institute; and the Interim Director of the IUP Murtha Institute for Homeland Security. In the community, he has served as Chairperson of Indiana Area Communities That Care; President of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Indiana County; and Advisor to Kids on Campus of Big Hearts Little Hands. 



Executives and leadership at youth and adult human, socieal and justice services settings.


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Joyfields Institute CE: Approved for CE hours. Instruction by eminent evidence-based programs trainer organization. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate as evidence of your accomplishment and status as a practitioner who has acquired specific new skills.   Many licensing/certification bodies accept this designation.  Please check with your licensing body.

Social Workers & Counselors: Approved for CE hours.  Joyfields Institute is an approved education provider by Society for Evidence-Based Professionals (EBP Society).  Many licensing/certification bodies accept this designation.  Please check with your licensing body.

Certified Evidence-Based Professional: Approved for CE hours.  Joyfields Institute is an approved education provider by Society for Evidence-Based Professionals (EBP Society).  Many licensing/certification bodies accept this designation. Please check with your licensing body.

Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors: Approved for CE hours.  Joyfields Institute is an approved education provider by National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)/National Certification Commission (NCC) Provider #745.  Many licensing/certification bodies accept this designation.  Please check with your licensing body.

Substance Abuse Counselors: Approved for CE hours.  Joyfields Institute is an approved education provider by National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)/National Certification Commission (NCC) Provider #745.  Many licensing/certification bodies accept this designation.  Please check with your licensing body.

Professional Counselors: Approved for CE hours.  Joyfields Institute is an approved education provider by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)/National Certification Commission (NCC) Provider #745.  Many licensing/certification bodies accept this designation.  Please check with your licensing body.
California State Standards & Training for Corrections: Approved for CE training hours.  Joyfields Institute is a approved California State Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) education provider


All training activities will take place within the premises of our campus host located at the fabulous;

DoubleTree By Hilton Atlanta-Buckhead
3342 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326 USA
Tel: 404-231-1234
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Located in the upscale Atlanta township of Buckhead, this landmark complex features a one-acre pedestrian park, offices, restaurants, retail and high-rise residential towers. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta - Buckhead is the community’s first hotel to practice green and sustainable initiatives. Stroll through the landscaped park with fountains, statues and benches. Take the complimentary shuttle to locations within 3 miles of the hotel. Walk a few blocks to find shopping at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, Atlanta’s premier malls.

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Team attendance is highly encouraged.  See group pricing below.The registration fee covers;
  • All training sessions
  • Comprehensive Program Manual
  • Earn CE training hours allocated for this particular program
  • Breakfast daily and refreshment breaks
  • 6-months Membership in Joyfields Institute and EBP Society, the Society for Evidence Based Professionals, including
    • Joyfields Institute updates, articles, news and trends publication
    • Access to Free eLearning and eligible webinars presented by Joyfields Institute experts and practitioners, and
    • 10% member discount to Joyfields Institute sponsored programs

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Event Specifics

Event date Aug-16-2017
Event End Date Aug-18-2017
Individual Price $995.00
Speaker David Myers, PhD., Professor, University of New Haven, Author | Mark Lowis, MINT, LMSW, MIST (Motivational Interviewing Skills Trainer) Instructor, Evidence Based Programs Implementation Specialist, Author
Number Hours 20
Buckhead-Atlanta, Georgia
3342 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA
Buckhead-Atlanta, Georgia
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4 795.00
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