Juvenile Justice

Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice

In recent years, social service providers of all kinds have felt a growing pressure to demonstrate that what they do is an “evidence-based practice.” People who provide community-based services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system are not exempt. They, too, are being asked to provide evidence-based assessments of their work with ever-increasing frequency. Contracts and funding often can depend on a program’s ability to produce such evaluations. Not surprisingly, this trend has many service providers in the juvenile justice field wondering what, exactly, it means and how they can qualify.
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