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Chris Scharenbroch

Associate Director of Research Analytics

Chris Scharenbroch has over 15 years’ experience turning system data into meaningful information. He works with child welfare, juvenile justice, adult corrections, education, and adult protection agencies to help them use data to improve their systems. Chris leads NCCD’s predictive analytics and risk assessment development, as well as cross-system projects with education, child protection and juvenile justice systems. His team creates analytics to support continuous quality improvement, illuminate decision making and service populations, and promote data-informed solutions to help achieve strategic goals.

Chris has a BS in sociology with a concentration in analysis and research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Recent publications by Chris Scharenbroch:

Chris Scharenbroch, Senior Research Associate
Lots of different things can happen to a young person after he or she is arrested or referred to law enforcement. He may go home or he may be held in detention until court; his charges may be dropped or they may be formally processed; a judge may dismiss charges, order supervision, or sentence him to stay in a secure facility.
Chris Scharenbroch, Senior Research Associate
At NCCD, we work with clients who want insights into their programs and practices. Some come to us with specific questions they want to answer, and some bring a simple desire to learn more about their work. Traditional evaluations often take a directed approach to answer a specific question: does this program have the desired effect—yes or no? But what happens when the question is not clear or if there is no evaluation plan in place?
National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Chris Scharenbroch , senior research associate at NCCD, shares how he was inspired by the expertise and dedication of NCCD's research team when he came to the organization in 2001. Chris discusses how research and program come together at NCCD to develop data-driven solutions that have great impact on the families and systems NCCD works with.
Chris Scharenbroch, Senior Research Associate, NCCD
I don’t like to ride in airplanes. Part of it is soaring in a tube at 36,000 feet; part of it is being sardined into kindergarten-sized seats. The one other thing that makes me uncomfortable is explaining what I do for a living to the stranger stealing my armrest.
Christopher Baird
Theresa Healy, MS
Kristen Johnson, PhD
Andrea Bogie, MSW
Erin Wicke Dankert
Chris Scharenbroch

Since the 1970s, those working in the field of juvenile justice have sought ways to classify offenders by their likelihood of future delinquency—primarily through the use of actuarial risk assessments. As more such assessment instruments were developed and put into use, some juvenile justice practitioners and researchers began raising concerns about the classification and predictive validity of several of these risk assessments. In response to those concerns, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded NCCD to conduct a study of eight risk assessments in 10 jurisdictions across the United States. NCCD researchers, in consultation with an advisory board of juvenile justice researchers and developers of commercial juvenile justice risk assessment systems included in the study, compared the assessments’ predictive validity, reliability, equity, and costs.

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Andrea Bogie, MSW
Kristen Johnson, PhD
Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD
Chris Scharenbroch

In an effort to prevent children who are already involved with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (LA DCFS) from becoming involved with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, county managers sought to develop a structured, actuarial assessment to help identify which children served by LA DCFS were most likely to become delinquent. The managers intend to provide additional supports to children who are at high risk of future delinquency. For example, the county may provide wraparound services to meet the specific needs of these high risk children, in an effort to prevent them from becoming delinquent. This report describes the longitudinal study conducted to identify the risk factors for delinquency and construct a screening assessment that classifies children with an open child protective services case by the likelihood of future delinquency.

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Kristen Johnson, PhD
Dennis Wagner, PhD
Chris Scharenbroch

A Prospective Validation of California’s Family Risk Assessment.  2007.  Because additional counties chose to adopt California’s Family Risk Assessment, the state opted to conduct another validation of the family risk assessment.  The objective of this validation study was to assess how well the current risk assessment estimates future maltreatment, particularly across subgroups, and, if necessary, propose revisions to improve its classification abilities.

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Kristen Johnson, PhD
Andrea Bogie, MSW

This study examined the predictive validity of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services risk assessment.  Child protection workers complete the assessment to estimate the likelihood of future child maltreatment among families assessed by the agency. The objective was to assess how well the current risk assessment estimates future maltreatment and, if necessary, propose revisions to improve its classification abilities.

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