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NCCD News: New Blog Series on Systems Thinking, Project Updates, and More

The April 2017 issue of NCCD News includes a new blog series on systems thinking in juvenile justice; project updates; and more. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

SDM News, March 2017


Confused about which Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessment to use for what decision? Look at our new handout—and share with others—to gain a better understanding of the SDM® model.

Using SDM® at Each Decision Point


This is the second in a new series of handouts that communicate key aspects of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model. This handout lists each SDM assessment along with the critical, corresponding question that assessment helps to answer. Please feel free to share the handout with others interested in the SDM model.

Donor Spotlight: Ira A. Lipman


NCCD Board of Directors Chair Emeritus Ira A. Lipman has championed and promoted social justice throughout his private and professional life. As part of that commitment, Mr. Lipman has been one of NCCD’s most steadfast supporters. He joined the NCCD Board of Directors in 1975, became Chair Emeritus in 1996, and continues to hold the title of Honorary Chair. As he says, “I look at NCCD as an organization focused on trying to be America’s progressive conscience. It is critical for NCCD to succeed.”

NCCD News: Donor Spotlight, Race and Equity in Child Welfare, New Job Postings

The March 2017 issue of NCCD News includes a donor spotlight on Ira A. Lipman; a new webinar on race, equity, and ethics in child welfare; new projects and publications; and job opportunities. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

Race, Equity, and Ethics: Questions on Child Welfare and Predictive Analytics

| Dr. Jesse Russell

In this webinar, Dr. Jesse Russell of NCCD discusses the proven structural factors that bring families to the attention of child welfare agencies and how these factors should be considered when implementing predictive modeling tools. The webinar also looks at how predictive analytics and machine learning can support systems’ efforts to increase equity and use their resources for positive impact.

Summary and Recommendations

| 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. 

Structured Professional Judgment Models

| 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.

Developing and Validating Risk Assessment Instruments for Justice Agencies

| 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.

Criminogenic Needs

| 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 actual treatment needs of the individual. This brief also discusses the appropriate role of needs assessment in case planning and service delivery.

NCCD News: New Board Members, Risk Assessment, and New Reporting Project


The February 2017 issue of NCCD News includes an introduction of three new board members; a new publication and webinar; a new criminal justice reporting project; and more. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

SDM News, February 2017


Check out NCCD’s brand-new handout on the benefits of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model. This resource is available to help you communicate SDM® model basics with others.