JRSA Forum. March 2014. Volume 32, Number 1.

JRSA Staff Deliver Webinar on EBP Resources

In partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), JRSA staff Drs. Carrie Williamson and Shawn Flower delivered a webinar entitled "Drilling Down: An Analytical Look At EBP Resources" on February 6. The webinar is part of the work of the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center, a JRSA project funded by OJJDP that works to increase the evaluation and performance measurement capacity of states, tribes, and localities. In recent years, a number of resources have been created to assist practitioners in understanding the quality of research evidence related to programs, practices, and policies in criminal and juvenile justice. These resources rate program effectiveness based on the findings of high quality evaluations, using terms like effective, promising, or model. The Drilling Down webinar was conceived in response to questions received from the field about the best ways to make use of these resources.

Presenters provided a brief overview of four of the most popular resources that review evidence-based programs and practices: the National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions.gov, OJJDP's Model Programs Guide, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), and Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, which is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and operated by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado.

The presentation included a review of the recent revisions to the Model Programs Guide, including the complete alignment of the review and ratings process with CrimeSolutions.gov. Both resources are supported by Office of Justice Programs' agencies. The Model Programs Guide continues to focus on issues and outcomes pertinent to juvenile justice and youth service providers, while CrimeSolutions.gov's scope includes corrections and reentry, courts, law enforcement, and victimization, among other topics.

Presenters also discussed some of the differences between the four evidence-based practices (EBP) resources by comparing ratings of the same program across sites, and highlighting some of the unique features of each site. For example, in addition to program reviews, CrimeSolutions.gov also rates practices - techniques or strategies used across multiple program plans. SAMSHA's NREPP provides a "readiness for dissemination" rating, which assesses the availability of implementation materials, training and support resources, and quality assurance procedures for each program.

Representatives from the CrimeSolutions.gov and Model Programs Guide team were on hand to respond to questions, including Jennifer Tyson, Program Manager at OJJDP, and Marcia Cohen and Rachel Stephenson of Development Services Group, who serve as Project Director and Deputy Project Director, respectively.

The archived webinar is available at on the NTTAC website, and additional NJJEC webinars are available on the NJJEC Trainings page.