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NCCD News: Predictive Analytics in Human Services, New SafeMeasures® Site, and More

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The September newsletter announces the launch of the new SafeMeasures® website; Texas CPS adopts the SDM® system; Dr. Jesse Russell named Chief Program Officer; Jennifer Cotter named associate director of NCCD’s Children’s Research Center. *Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.

Evaluation of Strategic Work Plan: Salinas Comprehensive Strategy for Community-Wide Violence Reduction

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

A comprehensive collaborative effort to address gang and youth violence in the City of Salinas, California, is having a positive impact, according to a recent study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Using a mixed-methods approach to collecting and analyzing data, NCCD evaluated the Strategic Work Plan for the city of Salinas, which was developed by a coalition of Salinas organizations and leaders. Results of the evaluation indicate improvements in the community, including better relationships between residents and law enforcement and improved communication among local organizations that address violence. This report highlights some of the effort's main achievements and challenges and includes recommendations for improvement. An executive summary of the report can be found here

Evaluation of Strategic Work Plan: Salinas Comprehensive Strategy for Community-Wide Violence Reduction Executive Summary

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

A comprehensive collaborative effort to address gang and youth violence in the City of Salinas, California, is having a positive impact, according to a recent study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Using a mixed-methods approach to collecting and analyzing data, NCCD evaluated the Strategic Work Plan for the city of Salinas, which was developed by a coalition of Salinas organizations and leaders. Results of the evaluation indicate improvements in the community, including better relationships between residents and law enforcement and improved communication among local organizations that address violence. This executive summary highlights some of the effort's main achievements and challenges and includes recommendations for improvement. The full report can be found here. 

Disposition Matrices: Purpose

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

A disposition matrix brings a greater degree of consistency, reliability, and equity to the assessment and decision-making process.

Disposition Matrices: Design, Development, and Use

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Disposition matrices help guide decisions, allow for more effective practice evaluation, and are powerful tools for helping systems achieve their goals.

Evaluating a Risk Assessment

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Risk assessment instruments must be evaluated against certain criteria to ensure they function appropriately and that decision makers are likely to “get it right.”

Pre-Dispositional Risk Assessment

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Research has demonstrated that structured decisions lead to better outcomes than those based on worker judgment alone.

Risk Assessment for Targeting Resources and Interventions

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Risk assessment is a core practice to promote safer communities and more successful youth.

Understanding Validity of Risk Assessment Instruments

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

While the abstract concept of validity makes sense, actual testing for validity can be challenging. Because validity exists on a continuum, with degrees of less and more valid, we think of some tools as being more valid than others. This means that a test to determine which tools are most or least valid can be useful.

NCCD News: New CEO Katherine Park, NCCD on KQED, and More

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The August 2015 newsletter includes the announcement of Kathy Park as CEO, highlights national attention paid to NCCD's evaluation of Richmond, CA's Office of Neighborhood Safety, and introduces our blog series of what works in juvenile justice. *Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.

Detention Screening Instruments: Aggravating and Mitigating Factors

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Because a primary function of detention screening instruments is to help ensure consistency and regularity in detention decisions, it is best practice for aggravating and mitigating factors to be part of scoring. Typically, aggravating and mitigating factors have low scores—often only one or two points each. These factors have the greatest impact for youth who are on the margin of a detention decision, helping to tip the scale one way or the other. This publication has examples of aggravating and mitigating factors sections from detention screening instruments. 

Traditional Risk Assessments vs. Detention Screening Instruments

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

While traditional risk assessments and detention screening instruments are both useful and important, they are developed differently and look at different information (with some overlap). They also have different goals and methods of validation.