JRSA Forum, June 2013, Volume 31, Number 2
June 2013  Vol. 31, No. 2



National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X): Building on NIBRS for More Accurate National Crime Estimates

International Association of Crime Analysts: Who We Are and What We Do

Karol Mason Confirmed to Head OJP


JRSA Webinar Explores SAC Use of Administrative Records

JRSA Staff Deliver Webinar on Adapting Evidence-Based Practices

JRSA Online Resources


Kansas SAC Continues Data Collection and Analysis Efforts

Massachusetts Convenes Researchers Group and Also Partners with Pew on Results First

Vermont's Morris Chosen as Academic Fellow to Study Terrorism Defense

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


Phillip Stevenson, President
Stephen Haas, Vice President
Janeena J. Wing, Secretary/ Treasurer
Lisa Shoaf, Delegate
David Olson, Appointed Delegate
Jackie Vandercook, Past President

Joan C. Weiss, Executive Director

Ali Burnett, Office Manager
Sandra Dayton, Director of Finance and Administration
Shawn Flower, Research Associate
Karen F. Maline, Director of Member Services
Nancy Michel, Director of Publications
Stan Orchowsky, Research Director
Jason Trask, Program Associate
Lisa Walbolt Wagner, Research Associate
Carrie Williamson, Research Associate

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JRSA Staff Deliver Webinar on Adapting Evidence-Based Practices

In partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), JRSA staff members Stan Orchowsky, Carrie Williamson, and Shawn Flower delivered a webinar on April 25 entitled Making What Works Work for You: Evidence-Based Components and Adaptation. The webinar is part of the ongoing efforts of JRSA's OJJDP-funded National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC) to improve the evaluation capacity of states, localities, and tribes and facilitate the use of evidence-based practices. NJJEC staff use webinars to provide OJJDP grantees with training in a cost-effective and convenient way.

The purpose of the webinar was to discuss how state and local service providers can use evidence-based strategies in their own local contexts, and determine when and how it might be appropriate to make modifications to "name brand" evidence-based practices. Presenters discussed using resources like CrimeSolutions.gov, OJJDP's Model Programs Guide, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)'s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices to shape local programs and practices using techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective.

The discussion reviewed some of the advantages of a components-based approach to evidence-based practice. A components-based approach uses techniques like motivational interviewing, mentoring, risk assessment, and cognitive-behavioral therapy that are employed by model programs, and is often easier to work into current practice or organizational structure and easier to scale up or down.

The presentation included a discussion of ways to adapt evidence-based program plans for a specific organization, problem, or target population. Panelists emphasized that more knowledge is needed to understand which program activities are essential and which can be modified, and that it is important for practitioners to collect good performance measure data to understand the effect of any changes made to an evidence-based program plan. The discussion included ways to apply these concepts to address a newly identified problem or target population, or to improve current programs and practices.

Audio recording and PowerPoint slides are available on NTTAC's website at www.nttac.org as well as the NJJEC website at http://www.jrsa.org/njjec/trainings-presentations.htm.