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March 20, 2017 | 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. One…
March 20, 2017 | NCCD
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. Systems thin…
March 6, 2017 | 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 web-based analytical reporting service, turns human services data…
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…