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Research Abstracts

Effective Use of the Large Body of Research on the Effectiveness of Programs for Juvenile Offenders and the Failure of the Model Programs Approach (Lipsey, 2018)

The conventional conception is that an evidence-based program is a brand-name manualized program model supported by research demonstrating favorable effects on an outcome of interest. These are typically identified by one or another more or less authoritative or-ganization that has reviewed the pertinent research and reported its rating of the program in its registry of evidence-based programs. Familiar registries of this sort in juvenile justice include the Blueprints for Violence Prevention (now expanded as Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)Model Programs Guide, and Examples of familiar programs targeting recidivism outcomes for juvenile offenders that appear in these registries include Multi-systemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Aggression Replacement Training (ART). Although it does not always receive much emphasis in the respective registry presentations, it is understood that model evidence-based programs must be implemented with fidelity to the program specifications before the effects demonstrated in the supporting research can be expected to be produced in practice. PDF

The search for the holy grail: Criminogenic needs matching, intervention dosage, and subsequent recidivism among serious juvenile offenders in residential placement (Baglivio, et al 2018)

The Risk-Need-Responsivity paradigm promotes matching of services to individualized criminogenic needs. This framework has become common lexicon, yet empirical evaluation of individual-level service matching, while including actual dosage received, is surprisingly sparse. We examine the efficacy of matching criminogenic needs to interventions within juvenile justice residential programs while accounting for the dosages of services received (contact hours and number of weeks). PDF

Juvenile Justice System Improvement: Implementing an Evidence-Based Decision Making Platform

Over the past three decades, the juvenile justice system in the United States has benefited from the tremendous growth in knowledge about effective policy and practice. Since the mid-1990s, we have seen the development of the components of an evidence-based decision-making platform, consisting of validated risk and needs assessment tools, structured decision-making tools to assist in the better matching of the needs of youth involved in the juvenile justice system with the correct level of supervision and types of services, and evidence-based programs and services. Today, that knowledge is readily available to policy makers and practitioners, with the challenge being to support jurisdictions in incorporating the components holistically into the operation of their juvenile justice systems. This report draws on the experiences of jurisdictions that have worked to integrate these tools and practices into a platform for juvenile justice decision-making through two demonstration programs--the Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Project (JJSIP) and the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative (JJRRI). These jurisdictions have made significant progress in bringing the tenets of JJSIP and JJRRI to life in their communities and juvenile justice systems. It is our hope that the implementation experiences this report captures will help others to follow in their footsteps. It is our belief that the core tenets of JJSIP and JJRRI are at the heart of what juvenile justice systems across the country will look like in the future – and that the youth and families they serve will be better off as a result. PDF


Training videos

Missing Data Report User Guide

This user guide for missing data reports explains what the reports are and why we send them out. It answers frequently-asked questions and shows how to read the reports using screenshots.

Training Webinars:

April 9, 2019
April 18, 2019

These videos are recordings of trainings held via Zoom on April 9 and April 18, 2019, to review the missing data reports (formerly known as anomaly reports) that the JJI sends to programs every quarter to help identify missing data in the JCMS. This training covered why we have these reports sent out each quarter, how to read them, and the answers to some common questions we get each quarter. Both videos have roughly the same information, but programs asked different questions, so both videos are available for viewing.

March 2019 Update

Demographics Report for County Leads

This video goes over the Demographic Report for County Leads that was added to the JCMS in March 2019 - the steps to pull the report from the system, and what data you can expect to see in the report.

January 2019 Update

Search Screen

This video looks at the search screens in the JCMS and the change from using "Intake Date" to "Referral Date" on the screens.

Scores Tabs

This video looks at an update to the scores tabs on the following screens: Truancy, Family Support, Mental Health, Diversion, Electronic Monitor, Tracker Services, Reporting Center, and Shelter.  There was a field added so that programs could indicate if a youth was assessed or not while in the program, or if they refused, to help clarify why some scores information is not entered for youth while it is for others.

UA/Drug Screen Tabs

This video looks at an update to the UA Screens tabs on the ATD screens (Electronic Monitor, Tracker Services, Reporting Center, and Shelter Care) as well as the Drug/Alcohol Tests tab on the diversion screens. A new field was added to indicate if a youth was administered a drug test while in the program to help clarify why some fields are left blank while others are filled in.

September 2018 Update

Client ID field

This video looks at the client id field added to the JCMS - the client id is a unique number assigned to a client by the JCMS when the client is created. It is now visible and searchable (cannot be edited) which will allow for easier communication between programs, JJI, and the Crime Commission regarding specific cases and data questions.

Required Variables

This video talks about required variables and how the JCMS has these marked - asterisks and fields that turn red if not completed. A list of the required variables can be found here at the Crime Commission’s website.

July 2018 update - county of residence field

This video reviews an update to the intake section of the JCMS screens which was completed in July 2018.  This update created a "County of Residence" field within the address information on all screens except one-time events and referral services.  This field is used to record the county that the youth lives in as youth may be going to different counties for services, especially in communities where multiple counties work together on the grant.

Adding Cases to Existing Clients (This video is temporarily unavailable.)

This video discusses how to add a case to an existing client in JCMS when the youth is in more than one program or returns to a program after being discharged.

Avoiding Duplicate Youth

This video shows steps to take to avoid duplicate youth being created in the system, and also how the system will notify you - the message that comes up - if you try to enter a duplicate youth.

Certifying Data for County/Tribe Leads

This video goes over the steps for county/tribe leads to certify the aggregate referral and discharge data for all programs funded under their county/tribe CBA grant.

Certifying Narratives for County/Tribe Leads

This video goes over the steps for county/tribe leads to certify the narratives for all programs funded under their county/tribe CBA grant.

Creating Narratives

This video details the process for creating, saving, and submitting a narrative for quarterly reporting in the JCMS.

Data Entry in JCMS - Intake Fields

This video will discuss data entry in JCMS as it pertains to the common fields across program types (address, school name, etc), including what a field turning red means, how to know that your data is saving if there is no save or submit button, and other frequently asked questions about JCMS data entry.  This video is not program specific, meaning the information can be applied to all program types.

Deleting Cases in the JCMS

This video goes over the steps to delete incorrectly entered case types from youth profiles in the JCMS, and the steps to delete a youth profile in the JCMS.   Profiles should only be deleted if they are a duplicate youth in the system or were entered in error.  Case types should only be deleted if they were incorrectly selected from the menu (you intended to select a different program type from the menu).  If you are not sure if a case or profile should be deleted from the JCMS, please contact JJI. For information on deleting diversion cases, please see the video on the diversion page.

Discharging Youth in JCMS

This video reviews the steps to discharge a youth in the JCMS and explains the importance of providing the discharge date and reason.

Entering New Clients

This video reviews the steps needed to create and enter a new youth in the JCMS.

Pivot Tables in Excel from Reports

This video reviews the steps to use downloaded reports from JCMS to create pivot tables in order to help manage data.

Running Reports

This video reviews the steps to run Currently Open, Currently Closed, and Case Summary by Date reports in JCMS and how to download them to Excel spreadsheets.

Sorting in the JCMS Search Screens

This video reviews the JCMS search screen and some changes made to the search screen on May 21, 2018. These changes are the addition of the enrollment date field being available on the search screen, and a bug with the sorting function being resolved. Users can now sort by name, program type, date of birth, enrollment date, intake date, and discharge date.

Sorting Reports in Excel

This video reviews the steps to use Excel spreadsheets to review reports downloaded from JCMS.

Uploading Files

This video reviews the steps to upload a quarterly reporting spreadsheet into JCMS for System Improvement, Mediation & Restorative Justice, and Incentive Programs.

Using Wildcards to Search for Hyphenated Names

This video goes over the user of wildcards (*) to search in the JCMS. A change was made to the system on May 21, 2018, which uses the wildcard to help search for hyphenated last names. Previously, typing in the second name in the hyphenated name would not pull the youth into the search results. Now, placing a wildcard before or after the second name will bring the youth into the search results.