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We Really Do Know What Works - Using the Evidence to Create Lasting Change in Juvenile Justice and Beyond

July 28, 2016 - 2:00 pm to July 28, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Did you know

  • that a huge meta-analysis of juvenile justice programs concluded that “there is no indication that there were juveniles whose risk level was so high that they did not respond to effective interventions?”
  • that this analysis of over 500 studies landed on a simple but powerful four-part prescription for program success that applies to home-grown programs as well as branded models?
  • that this standardized program evaluation protocol is being used to both flag and fix practice gaps within major juvenile justice and child welfare systems?
  • that this model parallels the approach used to create the David P. Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention used by hundreds of afterschool systems?


If the answer to any of these questions is no, please listen to the recording of Karen Pittman speaking with Shay Bilchik, founder and director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and Steve Michael, Administrator of the Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning, in the Department of Human Rights for the State of Iowa. .  Shay, an attorney by training, has been on the cutting edge of systems reform for decades as head of the Office of Juvenile justice and Delinquency Prevention in the Clinton Administration and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America.  This call demonstrated that we really do know what works, but we just don’t use this evidence effectively enough to create lasting, scalable practice and policy change.

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