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Juvenile Justice: Technical Assistance and Better Defined Evaluation Plans Will Help to Improve Girls’ Delinquency Programs
Eileen Regen Larence (au)
Juvenile female offenses have increased sharply and juvenile female offenders generally had more serious and wide-ranging service needs than juvenile male offenders, including treatment for substance abuse and mental health conditions. As programs have been developed at the state and local levels in recent years that specifically target preventing girls' delinquency or intervening after girls have become involved in the juvenile justice system, it is important that agencies providing grants and practitioners operating the programs have information about which of these programs are effective. In this way, agencies can help to ensure that limited fed., state, and local funds are well spent. In general, effectiveness is determined through program evaluations, which are systematic studies conducted to assess how well a program is working -- that is, whether a program produced its intended effects. To help ensure that grant funds are being used effectively, Congress for a review of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs’s (OJJDP) efforts related to studying and promoting effective girls' delinquency programs. This report addresses the following questions: (1) What efforts, if any, has OJJDP made to assess the effectiveness of girls' delinquency programs? (2) To what extent are OJJDP's efforts to assess girls' delinquency programs consistent with generally accepted social science standards and the internal control standard to communicate with external stakeholders? (3) What are the findings from OJJDP's efforts to assess the effectiveness of girls' delinquency programs, and how, if at all, does OJJDP plan to address the findings from these efforts? Includes recommendations. Tables.
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