Now more than ever before, research is helping to establish approaches and programs that effectively change delinquent behavior, lower recidivism and help young people succeed. Rigorously studied evidence-based programs like Multisystemic Therapy and Family Functional Therapy have been found to produce consistently better results than traditional juvenile justice interventions. Research supports other programs and services that show promise in improving behavior and emotional functioning but many juvenile justice systems struggle to put these proven and scientifically supported approaches into practice. Despite the research on what works to reduce delinquency and improve outcomes for youth, less than 10 percent of youth are afforded evidence-based community services.
Models for Change worked to expand the use and availability of evidenced-based services through intensive investment in reforming Louisiana’s juvenile justice system. Through a combination of local, state, academic and national partnerships, Louisiana adopted a model that has doubled the overall proportion of youth able to access evidence-based services, while at the same time witnessing a 46 percent drop in juvenile arrests between 2006 and 2010.
By supporting innovations known to work, Models for Change helps promote the kinds of services proven to change behavior and improve outcomes for youth.
More information about evidence-based practices can also be found on JJIE.org's Resource Hub.
Initiative tools, research, knowledge, and innovations to promote reform
Turning Knowledge into Practice: A Manual for Human Service Administrators and Practitioners about Understanding and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices, 2nd edition (revised)
- Nov 19, 2010, John A. Morris
- The mission of the authors and sponsors of this manual is to enhance independence, self sufficiency, and community living for people with disabilities through the implementation and approaches of…
Innovation Brief: Model for Effective Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices
- Dec 12, 2013, Stephen Phillippi
- In current literature, there is a general agreement concerning what works and what does not work in reducing delinquent behavior with juvenile offenders in communities; however, this knowledge has…
Innovation Brief: The Cultural Enhancement Model for Evidence-Based Practice
- Dec 12, 2013, Sarah Walker
- Interest in developing and testing cultural adaptations has grown in proportion to the widespread adoption of policies to support the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBPs). One significant…
Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice
- Apr 22, 2013, Jennifer Fratello
- As part of the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change initiative, the Vera Institute of Justice created this guide, which describes the process that assesses whether a program qualifies as evidence…
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