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February 28, 2017 | 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 here. 
February 21, 2017 | 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 full pi…
February 13, 2017 | 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 here.
February 6, 2017 | 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 of assessment, much of what is advocated combines the roles of group data and the…
January 27, 2017 | 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 goes on to discuss the promotional strategies that led to widespread acceptance of the…
January 27, 2017 | Chris Baird
In the first of his six-part series of briefs titled A Question of Evidence, Part Two, Chris Baird explains his reasons for revisiting the topic of his 2009 paper, A Question of Evidence: A Critique of Risk Assessment Models in the Justice System. According to Baird, the issues addressed in his earl…
January 27, 2017 | NCCD
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 research that support many of the risk assessment models used in the adult and juvenile justice systems. Today, many of the…
December 6, 2016 | Ryan Berg
Youth homelessness in the United States is an underreported crisis. The statistics are truly startling. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 1.6 million children are presently homeless.1 In Minnesota, where I am a youth worker, it was recently estimated that 4,080…
November 22, 2016 | Kristin Gourlay, Rhode Island Public Radio
Child welfare agencies across the country are struggling, but early last year it became clear to me that Rhode Island was an outlier. A series of reports, including one from a group of state lawmakers, and another from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, revealed serious problems at Rhode Island’s Depart…
November 17, 2016 | Global Action Project
Global Action Project (G.A.P.) provides some of New York City’s most socially engaged and effective media arts programming to young people from low-income, new immigrant, and LGBTQ communities. Working with professionally trained artist-educators, youth collaborate to make powerful media that amplif…