The fall issue of SDM News covers all things conference—the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families.
The Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model for juvenile justice, a group of standardized assessments developed by NCCD, identifies the risk levels of system-involved young people and helps judges determine their best disposition options in court. These assessments also help courts place youth in the least restrictive environments needed to ensure public safety. NCCD has developed this judicial guide to address the needs and concerns of judges around decision points in the juvenile justice system. Other juvenile justice stakeholders will also find useful information on decision points, adolescent development research, and best practices.
The Fall 2015 issue of SDM News describes the benefits of documentation (aka paperwork) using SDM assessments; NCCD's latest work in Singapore; and a pilot program focused on infant safety in San Diego County, California. In addition, meet three new NCCD staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.
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.
Risk assessment is a core practice to promote safer communities and more successful youth.
Disposition matrices help guide decisions, allow for more effective practice evaluation, and are powerful tools for helping systems achieve their goals.
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.
Risk assessment instruments must be evaluated against certain criteria to ensure they function appropriately and that decision makers are likely to “get it right.”
Research has demonstrated that structured decisions lead to better outcomes than those based on worker judgment alone.
A disposition matrix brings a greater degree of consistency, reliability, and equity to the assessment and decision-making process.
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.