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.
Disposition matrices help guide decisions, allow for more effective practice evaluation, and are powerful tools for helping systems achieve their goals.
Research has demonstrated that structured decisions lead to better outcomes than those based on worker judgment alone.
Risk assessment is a core practice to promote safer communities and more successful youth.
A disposition matrix brings a greater degree of consistency, reliability, and equity to the assessment and decision-making process.
Many detention screening instruments include a section on automatic or mandatory detentions. These items usually are considered separately from the other sections of the instrument. Mandatory detentions represent cases when the youth is detained regardless of the overall instrument score.
Detention screening instruments inform the decision of whether or not to admit a youth into secure care while he or she awaits an initial custody hearing. The most common structure is a set of scored factors that sum to a recommendation. Not all instruments are scored, but that is the best structure for helping to achieve consistency and regularity. Based on the final score, detention screening instruments make recommendations to release the youth, release with conditions, or hold the youth in secure care.
This document presents highlights of NCCD’s process evaluation of the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS). NCCD was commissioned by The California Wellness Foundation and the City of Richmond, California, to conduct a process evaluation of the ONS, located in Richmond. This evaluation report describes the ONS’s strategies and processes, with a focus on the office’s Operation Peacemaker Fellowship. This report also provides the ONS with feedback from stakeholders and recommendations for continued work in the Richmond community and in the broader field of violence prevention.
NCCD was commissioned by The California Wellness Foundation and the City of Richmond, California, to conduct a process evaluation of the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS), located in Richmond. This evaluation report describes the ONS’s strategies and processes, with a focus on the office’s Operation Peacemaker Fellowship. This report also provides the ONS with feedback from stakeholders and recommendations for continued work in the Richmond community and in the broader field of violence prevention.
In December 2013, The California Endowment funded the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. (Third Sector) to conduct a feasibility analysis to identify and define the need for delinquency prevention services among a child welfare population to better understand its potential for a Pay for Success (PFS) project. NCCD and Third Sector focused this feasibility analysis on San Diego County, California, where the county had recently implemented the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice crossover practice model for serving youth who are dually involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. As a way to build on these efforts, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and Child Welfare Services expressed interest in undertaking PFS exploration activities related to interventions that could prevent the occurrence of youth crossover from child welfare to juvenile justice, beginning with an analysis to identify the target population.
This document presents highlights of the feasibility study conducted by NCCD and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to determine the potential of preventing juvenile justice system involvement for youth in the child welfare system as a Pay for Success project. To read the full feasibility report, click here.