Federal grant to support study aimed at capturing national estimates of crossover and dually-involved youth
Washington – Despite a growing body of research regarding youth who are known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (i.e., dually-involved youth), the extent to which we can measure the prevalence of youth who cross over nationwide is limited. Several obstacles exist in developing national estimates of these youth, including but not limited to: defining the population and data sharing. California State University, Los Angeles has been awarded a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice to help address these obstacles and develop a research design to capture national estimates of dually-involved youth.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy along with other key academic institutions and jurisdictions will partner with Cal State LA on the Dual-System Youth Design Study. Findings from the design study will have a significant impact on how jurisdictions collaborate across systems and share information. The award was granted to Drs. Denise Herz and Carly Dierkhising, who both are professors at the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at Cal State LA.
“This research design will help to fill a long-standing gap in our knowledge about youth who cross over between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems,” said Shay Bilchik, Director of CJJR, noting that “the beneficiary will be the youth and families that have too often fallen through the cracks between these two systems.”
The design study will achieve the following goals: 1) identify a method to generate a national estimate of dual system youth, their trajectories leading to multiple system involvement, and the key characteristics/trajectories of the population and 2) identify the successes and challenges associated with cross-system collaboration and data integration at the jurisdictional level.
The design study includes key partners from Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California, and the Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice. Other partners will include researchers and leaders from jurisdictions that have been involved with cross-systems collaboration and implementation efforts focused on crossover and dually involved youth.