Making a Difference With Data-Driven Practices
by Carey Dimmitt, John C. Carey and Trish Hatch

Evidence Based Practice in School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data Driven Practices is co-authored with two national leaders in school counseling: Carey Dimmit, PhD and John C. (Jay) Carey, PhD of University of Massachusetts at Amherst. This groundbreaking best seller is the first text in school counseling to focus in depth on data-based decision making and the effective implementation of evidenced-based practices.

Measure the difference you make in students' academic, career, and personal/social development!

Evidence-Based School Counseling provides a practical process for using evidence to determine three critical issues: what needs to be done, which interventions should be implemented, and whether or not the interventions are effective. Aligned with the American School Counselor Association's National Model, this resource offers counselors skill-building guidelines for:

  • Selecting, collecting, and analyzing data for informed planning
  • Carrying out action research and building collaborative partnerships
  • Measuring student learning and behavior change
  • Communicating results to stakeholders, and more

As counselors successfully incorporate data-based decision making and program planning into their work, they will witness positive academic and personal changes in the lives of their students.

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The dual scenarios at the beginning of each chapter give a great visual of what an evidence-based approach looks like.
— Shawn Grime, School Counselor Bryan High School, OH
The move to evidence-based school counseling practice presents a daunting challenge, but the authors offer a sound argument as to why it must be met and then get busy explaining how to do what we need to do.
— Katie Gray, Director of Student Services Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, MA
School counselors and students of the profession receive specific guidelines and models for collecting and analyzing data, including tips on measuring student learning and behavior modification. An excellent guide counselors will appreciate.
— California Bookwatch, August 2007
An utterly invaluable guide to measuring qualities and situations that would seem at first glance to deny quantification. Highly recommended for aspiring and working professionals in the field.
— Wisconsin Bookwatch November 2007 Midwest Book Review
What sets this book apart from its contemporaries is that it is both comprehensive and practical. The book is well written, well organized, and easy to read. It not only serves to educate but, equally important, to inspire change, innovation, and forward movement.
— PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008, Vol. 53(9) American Psychological Association
An excellent contribution to the field of school counseling.
— Victoria L. Bacon, Professor of Counselor Education Bridgewater State College
Easy to read information about becoming effective consumers of educational research.
— Dr. Jane McGuire, School Of Education California Baptist University

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