We actually need young people who are bold, willing to challenge conventional thinking, and to break rules, but we also need them to respect others, to rely on logic rather than force, and to appreciate the corrosive effects of violence and exploitation. In short, our communities need powerful and creative young people who want to improve us and not simply to fight us. These should seem like obvious concepts to anyone working around the youth justice system, but it is often surprisingly difficult to implement them in practice.
This chapter describes tools for researchers to address the tasks of problem definition, measurement, causal processes, and generalization. We begin with an extended example of developing practice-based evidence in community-based youth justice organizations in New York City.
Reducing delinquency and youth violence among justice-involved young people is a complicated business. Public safety is best protected when youth justice providers work with young people in their own communities, and when the efforts of courts and children’s services are coordinated with prevention agencies, schools, social services, neighborhood organizations, and faith-based groups.
Agencies should follow up with former clients to assess their overall effectiveness. Following up with clients helps staff to learn about the long-term effects of programs and to adjust their efforts to increase their impact. Follow-up should begin at intake and it should be as simple and as seamless as possible. The Evidence Generation team [...]
Hour Children’s mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. Hour Children’s vision is to break the cycle of inter-generational incarceration. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live [...]
This work plan was drafted specifically for the youth justice programs at Good Shepherd Services (GSS), to serve as a tool for its continued use in aiding court-involved youth. A key part of the GSS mission is to surround at-risk New York City youth and their families with a web of support that promotes self-sufficiency. [...]
This Guidebook expands on selected sections of the Workplan prepared by the Graduate Research Fellows for Hour Children. The guidebook provides details and additional resources as supplements that may be useful for implementing the Workplan, including an expanded discussion of logic models and theories of change. The material presented in the document would be most [...]
This work plan was drafted specifically for The DOME Project and its Bridge to Success Program to serve as a tool for its continued use in aiding court-involved youth. The DOME Bridge to Success ATD program serves as a unifying source of support for youth through counseling, court advocacy, supervision, and assistance with educational, vocational, [...]
This Guidebook expands on selected sections of the Workplan prepared by the Graduate Research Fellows for The DOME Project in New York City. The document provides details and additional resources as supplements that may be useful for implementing the Workplan, including an expanded discussion of logic models and theories of change. The material presented in [...]