Monday, December 20, 2010

Evidence-Based Juvenile Justice Work

A new resource, Improving the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Programs, from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, offers new perspectives in evidence-based practice. The paper is aimed at helping states translate research into improved practice and expanding the benefits of the vast knowledge base about “what works” in the juvenile justice field. The report includes: an overview of the different approaches to evidence-based practice; a tool developed by Dr. Mark W. Lipsey to better make use of the significant knowledge in the field, and a section that embeds this new approach within a comprehensive juvenile justice framework. The tool included in the paper can be used to measure the effectiveness of a variety of existing juvenile justice programs as well as to provide states with recommendations on how to improve them.

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