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Bayfield's Research and Development (R&D) efforts continue to investigate knowledge acquisition as a research driven organization. We have developed a systematic approach to collecting reliable data in the form of the Bayfield Information System (BIS), designed to acquire data to support evidence-based practices (EBP) and produce measurable outcomes. Our acquired knowledge is shared with other individuals and organizations; and primarily transferred to other residential treatment organizations. We are currently developing a new information system called Morning Sun Information System (MSIS).

An Industry Leader
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) has acknowledged Bayfield as a leader in Research and Development. Bayfield was awarded the highest standard of conformance by CARF and our Research and Development efforts were awarded an exemplary rating.

Bayfield Information System (BIS)
The BIS was donated to the Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth (OARTY) in 1999 and with Bayfield's continued support the software was transformed into the OIS, the per diem sector information system. This system was used by OARTY members until 2010.

The Integrated Residential Information System (IRIS)
Another system generated through Bayfield's R&D and Mutual Support's R&D efforts is a matching tool designed to assist placing agencies to find the best fit for services required for an individual child. The Integrated Residential Information System (IRIS) is a free web-based matching system used by Children's Aid Societies, parents, and other placing agencies across Ontario.

The Bayfield Research and Development Model
The Bayfield R&D Model enhances an organization's cultural dimension of accountability and benefits the organization through in-house educational opportunities. The model includes an analysis of technology transfer through people which is based on a model of analyzing knowledge creation in the learning process, and knowledge creation in an organizational context. The Bayfield R&D model facilitates associations between knowledge acquisition, social capital, and advantage for developing and providing contemporary treatment approaches. Only individuals, not an organization, create and expand knowledge through continuous and dynamic social interaction involving tacit and explicit knowledge that leads to innovation. Treatment approach and organizational knowledge creation should be understood as a process that externalizes the knowledge created by individuals within the organization. and consolidates it at the group level through dialogue, discussion, or sharing experiences and observations.

Ongoing Research Projects
Bayfield's R&D has drawn from the (BIS) to produce findings in residential treatment and have been shared provincially, nationally, and internationally. Some of the recent and current projects include:

  • Sanders, L. Attachment of Adolescent Males in a Residential Treatment Setting, UMI Publication, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2003.
  • Sanders, L. & Jamieson, J. Predictors of Academic Achievement for At Risk Adolescent Males in a Residential Treatment Centre, 2004.
  • Sanders, L., Committee Chair, Ontario Association for Treating Youth, Partners in Care- 1,2,3 and 4.
  • Sanders, L. & Fulton, R. Educational Achievement and Attachment, The Bayfield School Outcome Study, 2006.
  • Between Client Outcomes, Childhood Resilience, And Quality Of Care In Residential Care and Treatment. Ryerson University Pilot Project for Centre of Excellence Funding, 2007-2008.
  • Sanders, L. & Fulton, R., Analysis of the Bayfield Treatment Model and Educational Outcomes, 2008.
  • Sanders, L. & Fulton, R., The Bayfield Way, The Making of a Lexicon for Effective Residential Treatment for High Risk Adolescent Males, 2009.
  • Sanders L. & Fulton R., Evidence Based Outcomes, A Decade of Treatment Based on a Theoretical Framework of Attachment, 2010
  • Stuart, C., Sanders, L., Gurevich, M., Fulton, R., Evidence-based Practice in Group Care: The Effects of Policy, Research, and Organizational Practices, Child Welfare, Vol. 90, No.1, 2011.
  • Sanders, L. & Fulton, R., In Search of a Healing Praxis: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study In Context of Attachment Theory, Positive Psychology and Emotional Intelligence, 2012.

Bayfield's contribution to the advancement of knowledge and knowledge transfer in the residential service industry and development of information technology to collect data continues to be significant. Bayfield has led the way and shared its resources with a multitude of individuals and organizations. As a result, many residential services have benefited from our lead on topics such as attachment, academic achievement, evidence-based practice and treatment, outcome evaluation, and accreditation. This approach has served to train staff and most importantly increase the quality of service to children and youth world wide. Bayfield's research has been presented in South Africa, Scandinavia, Canada and United States of America.

To obtain copies of the research projects, contact Larry S. Sanders, Ph.D., Chairman/CEO, Bayfield by email at sanders@bayfield.net

Research Links
  Bayfield Attachment Model
 Analysis of the Bayfield Treatment Model
 The Bayfield Way - The Making of a Lexicon
 Evidence Based Outcomes
 In Search of a Healing Praxis
 Academic and Clinical Outcomes

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