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

| NCCD
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

| NCCD

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

| NCCD

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.

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

| NCCD
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.

A Question of Evidence, Part Two: Summary and Recommendations

| Chris Baird

This is the final brief in the six-part series titled A Question of Evidence, Part Two. In this 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. 

A Question of Evidence, Part Two: Structured Professional Judgment Models

| Chris Baird

This is the fifth brief in the six-part series titled A Question of Evidence, Part Two. In this brief, Chris Baird discusses the research behind structured professional judgment (SPJ) models, a less structured approach to risk assessment favored by the justice field. The brief also addresses concerns with the validity, reliability, equity, and utility of SPJ models.

A Question of Evidence, Part Two: Developing and Validating Risk Assessment Instruments for Justice Agencies

| Chris Baird

This is the fourth brief in the six-part series titled A Question of Evidence, Part Two. In this brief, Chris Baird 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.

A Question of Evidence, Part Two: Criminogenic Needs

| Chris Baird

This is the third brief in the six-part series titled A Question of Evidence, Part Two. In this brief, 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

| NCCD

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

| NCCD

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.

Benefits of the SDM® Model

| NCCD

This handout concisely explains the benefits of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system for each level of an agency: leadership, managers and supervisors, workers, and families. Take a look at the handout and feel free to use it to help communicate SDM® system basics.

A Question of Evidence, Part Two: The Generations Myth

| Chris Baird

This is the second brief in the six-part series titled A Question of Evidence, Part Two. In this brief, Chris Baird 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 “generations” terminology and associated claims.