Date of Conferral



Doctor of Social Work (DSW)


Social Work


Adam Quinn


AbstractAlthough there has been increased utilization of evidence-based practice (EBP) in child welfare services, it has not been comprehensively incorporated or fully embraced by key decision makers. The purpose of this basic qualitative study was to explore a value co-creation (VCC) paradigm as a viable framework for collaboration between stakeholders in child welfare, and to explore what attitudes are necessary to enable child welfare stakeholders. The VCC paradigm framework comprising three elements (engagement platforms, experience domains, and capability ecosystems) was used to guide the study. Data were collected from semi structured, in-depth interviews with four key decision makers in the child welfare system. Findings from coding and thematic analysis indicated there was a space for the integration of EBPs through a VCC framework to increase engagement of stakeholders through dialogue, collaborative efforts, and a supportive ecosystem, leading to co-creation of substantial programs and practices that deliver positive outcomes. Findings could be used for positive social change by increasing utilization of EBPs in child welfare settings and improve targeted contextual programs, leading to sustainable outcomes of value and improving the service provision to children and families in the child welfare system.