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March 27, 2017 |  by Katie Nachman, Researcher, NCCD

In my last blog post I talked about the unintended consequences of a lack of systems thinking. As a social worker, if I had had better communication with other professionals as well as...

March 20, 2017 |  by National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Due to the complexity of most social service systems in the United States, it can be challenging for workers to know how their actions interact with those in another part of the system and the results that may have for those they serve.

“Systems thinking” is a way to solve this problem....

March 20, 2017 |  by Katie Nachman, Researcher, NCCD

With a background in social work, I used to engage with clients involved in multiple public service systems. I often saw well-meaning efforts fail because these systems did not interact, and the client’s individual needs were not addressed through the context of the larger community and society...

March 6, 2017 |  by Sarah Hesse

“Make it easier for users to find what they need.” Tim Connell, director of application development, scribbled those words on his dry-erase board over a year ago, as he pondered the next version of SafeMeasures®. SafeMeasures, NCCD’s...

February 28, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

In this final brief, Chris Baird summarizes the major problems identified throughout the series regarding risk assessment models, then goes on to suggest four steps toward remedying those problems. Read the full piece...

February 21, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

Brief five of six discusses the research behind structured professional judgment (SPJ) models, a less structured approach to risk assessment favored by the justice field. In this brief, Chris Baird addresses concerns with the validity, reliability, equity, and utility of SPJ models. Read the...

February 13, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

This brief explores the research behind many current models, discusses methods commonly used to measure “predictive power,” and outlines what is required to measure the efficacy of various approaches to risk assessment. Read the full piece...

February 6, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

The third brief in this series by Chris Baird identifies flaws in the logic employed to support the use of criminogenic needs (or dynamic risk factors) in risk assessment. While assessing needs is a critical component...

January 27, 2017 |  by Chris Baird

The second piece in Chris Baird’s six-part series explores the origins of claims that each succeeding “generation” of assessment models in the justice field offers greater “predictive” capacity to its users. Baird...

January 27, 2017 |  by National Council on Crime and Delinquency

In 2009, NCCD’s Chris Baird published A Question of Evidence: A Critique of Risk Assessment Models in the Justice System. This paper identified problems with both the logic and...