Last month in Salem, Oregon, CJJR and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute convened a group of cross-system leaders from Multnomah, Jackson, Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties, the 17 county Central and Eastern Juvenile Justice Consortium (CEOJJC), and the state level Oregon Youth Authority. Fifty-seven participants came together for a weeklong training on evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) in juvenile justice. Prior to the training, each team completed a comprehensive gap analysis which informed the curriculum for modules focused on systems alignment, operationalization of risk and needs assessment tools, matching youth to services, the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol, data management and evaluation, quality assurance, and leadership and sustainability.
In addition to the intensive training, the teams will participate in a capstone year where technical assistance will be provided through both on- and off-site consultation. This will allow teams to develop readiness and capacity to implement an EBDM platform in their juvenile justice systems.
Download Bulletin: Overview of the Evidence-Based Decision-Making Platform