The Leonard E. Gibbs Award

The Campbell Social Welfare Coordinating Group (SWCG) Editorial Board has created an awards program to encourage production of rigorous systematic reviews that can inform social welfare policy and practice. The first of these awards is named in honor of Leonard E. Gibbs.

Dr Leonard E. Gibbs (1943 to 2008), Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was an internationally recognized expert in the field of evidence-based practice (EBP) and a fervent proponent of EBP in the helping professions. As part of his legacy, Len's widow, Betsy McDougall-Gibbs, established the Leonard E. Gibbs Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evidence-Based Practice, through the Campbell Social Welfare Coordinating Group (SWCG).

The Leonard E. Gibbs Award will be given to the authors of a completed Campbell systematic review that contributes to evidence-informed practice in social welfare. Each year, the Leonard E. Gibbs Fund will honor the winning review team with one fully paid registration to the Campbell annual conference, where they will be recognized for their groundbreaking work.

Eligible reviews include all those published within the Campbell Social Welfare Group in the previous year. The award covers the registration of the lead author or his/her designate.

  • The Co-chairs of the SWCG will appoint a panel of no fewer than three qualified judges, drawing from the members of the SWCG Editorial Board and other voting members of the SWCG who have no conflict of interest.
  • Judges' identities will be kept confidential until the recipient of the award is announced.
  • Judges will independently rate nominations based solely on scientific merit, quality of written documents, and applicability to policy/practice.
  • Judges will submit their rankings to the Co-chairs.
  • The Co-chairs will tally the results and announce the winner.
  • In the event that no new review has been approved in any calendar year, or if in the opinion of the judges no review is deemed of sufficient merit, an award may be deferred for that year.

The award consists of the following forms of recognition:

  • a commemorative plaque, presented to the authors of the winning review
  • a complimentary registration fee for one of the authors (selected in consultation with the lead author) to attend the annual Campbell conference, to receive the award
  • public announcements posted on the Campbell website and via other outlets, as suitable and available.

Award recipients over the years

Michael de Vibe, Arild Bjørndal, Sabina Fattah, Gunvor M Dyrdal, Even Halland, Emily E Tanner-Smith for "Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for improving health, quality of life and social functioning in adults"

Brandy R. Maynard, Michael R. Solis, Veronica L. Miller and Kristen E. Brendel for "Mindfulness-based interventions for improving cognition, academic achievement, behavior, and socioemotional functioning of Primary and Secondary School students"

Marc Winokur, Amy Holtan and Keri Batchelder for "Kinship care for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children removed from the home for maltreatment"

Cheryl Regehr, Ramona Alaggia, Jane Dennis, Annabel Pitts, Michael Saini for "Interventions to reduce distress in adult victims of sexual violence and rape"

Geraldine Macdonald, Julian Higgins, Paul Ramchandani, Jeff Valentine, Latricia P. Bronger, Paul Klein, Roland O'Daniel, Mark Pickering, Ben Rademaker, George Richardson, Matthew Taylor for "Cognitive-behavioural interventions for children who have been sexually abused" (review update)

Jane Barlow, Nadja Smailagic, Cathy Bennett, Nick Huband, Hannah Jones and Esther Coren for "Individual and group based parenting programmes for improving psychosocial outcomes for teenage parents and their children"

Geraldine Macdonald and William Turner for "Treatment Foster Care for improving outcomes in children and young people"

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