Federal Funds and EBP

Describe how federal resources fund evidence-based practice development and
implementation. What challenges are presented when using federal resources?

Federal Funds and EBP

The federal government funds evidence-based practice (EBP) through several federal
bodies. One of the federal bodies involved in funding EBP is DHHS. The DHHS offers grants to
project proposals and programs that use the EBP model. The grants awarded to EBP practitioners
are divided into various classes (Ennis-Cole, 2019). Each of the classes has its own criterion for
qualification. Each EBP project that qualifies for federal funds is funded differently from others.
Anther federal body through which EBP is funded is the CDC.
The detailed and several stages in the process of applying for federal funds is a barrier
towards the use of the funds in EBP. The federal bodies that fund EBP have specified details and
defined procedure of analyzing and accessing the funds (Ennis-Cole, 2019). The EBP proposals
are subjected to vigorous assessment for the justification and assessment of the projects’ impact
on healthcare. The assessment is carried by several panels. The steps delay the process of
evaluating and granting the funds to the EBP (Ennis-Cole, 2019). Subsequently, practitioners are
discouraged from making applications for the federal funds.
High number of applications for the federal funds presents additional challenges. The
federal funding is centralized in the entire USA. Therefore, all the prospective programs are
dependent on a single source of federal funding. This high number of applications for federal
funding represents a challenge to the agencies tasked with disseminating federal funding (Ennis-
Cole, 2019). The process of assessing EBP proposals is prolonged by the huge number of
requests of funding. The high number of the requests for federal funding reduces chances that


any project receives the finding. Eventually, some of the projects do not receive funding. Failure
to receive funding is a barrier towards implementation of the affected EBP project.


Ennis-Cole, D. (2019). Evidence-Based Practices (EBP). Journal Technology, and Evidence-
based Practices (pp. 83-89).