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Evidence-based Practices (EBP) - EBP Implementation

  • document preview for Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections: The Principles of Effective Intervention

    Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections: The Principles of Effective Intervention

    Principles of effective evidence-based intervention are presented. Topics discussed include: evidence-based practice (EBP); term clarification; eight principles for effective interventions -- assess actuarial risk/needs, enhance intrinsic motivation, target interventions, skill train with directed practice, increase positive reinforcement, engage ongoing support in natural communities, measure relevant processes/practices, and provide measurement feedback; components of correctional interventions; implementing EBP principles; applying the principles at the case, agency, and system levels; seven recommended strategies for implementing effective interventions; and levels of research evidence.

  • document cover for Effective Clinical Practices in Treating Clients in the Criminal Justice System

    Effective Clinical Practices in Treating Clients in the Criminal Justice System

    This monograph is “intended to strengthen and improve the dissemination of evidence-based rehabilitative technologies for offenders, within the multidisciplinary context of correctional treatment” (p.x). Sections of this document include: executive summary; introduction - effective clinical practices and the critical need for collaboration; what evidence-based practice (EBP) is; overarching principles of effective correctional treatment; common therapeutic factors - what works in treatment generally; specific evidence-based modalities for criminal justice clients; and conclusion-what have we lost. There are four appendixes: confidentiality in...

  • document preview for Implementing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Community Corrections

    Implementing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Community Corrections

    A “guide for [community corrections] agencies to transform themselves into evidence-based organizations” is provided (p.xv). Six chapters follow an executive summary: what evidence-based practice is; the integrated model; the principles of effective intervention; implementing evidence-based principles; leading organizational change and development; and collaboration for systemic change. The appendixes include: research support gradient; the search conference; and key concepts in organizational development.

  • document cover for Putting the Pieces Together: Practical Strategies for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

    Putting the Pieces Together: Practical Strategies for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

    Those new to the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) will find this publication to be a great guide to the process. This manual is designed to be used “both as a checklist of key management concepts and as a reminder of important organizational issues that need to be addressed to achieve positive public safety outcomes in an evidence-based environment” (p. vii). There are six chapters contained in this publication: creating evidence-based community corrections systems; getting started; organizational assessment-to know where...

  • Document cover for evidence based practice skills assessment for criminal justice organizations version one

    Evidence-Based Practice Skills Assessment for Criminal Justice Organizations, Version 1.0

    "The Evidence-based Practice Skills Assessment (EBPSA) is a self-report measurement tool designed to gauge the extent to which correctional staff demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully implement Evidence-based Practices (EBP)” (p. 5). The EBPSA guide summarizes how using the EBPSA can enhance an organization’s ability to become a more effective evidence-based organization. A brief overview describes the development of the EBPSA. Additional sections address reliability analysis, scoring keys for each EBPSA form, and how to utilize the information obtained from...

  • document preview of Implementing Evidence-Based Services [Webinar]

    Implementing Evidence-Based Services [Webinar]

    If you are looking for an excellent introduction to how to implement evidence-based practices (EBPs) in your juvenile agency, then this webinar is for you. Topics discussed include: how to identify EBPs; best proven model programs; advantages of proven EBPs; getting customer buy-in for EBP implementation; facing agency challenges during EBP adoption; key drivers; embedding EBPs in a juvenile justice agency; referral and engagement-- data collection; data collection example; analyzing family engagement barriers; family engagement strategies; EBP implementation-Inter-operability Framework; funding...

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    Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems

    "EBDM is a strategic and deliberate method of applying empirical knowledge and research-supported principles to justice system decisions made at the case, agency, and system level. The initiative team developed the EBDM framework, which posits that public safety outcomes will be improved when justice system stakeholders engage in truly collaborative partnerships, use research to guide their work, and work together to achieve safer communities, more efficient use of tax dollars, and fewer victims. The goal of [National Institute of Corrections']...

  • Evidence-Based Practice: The Psychology of EBP Implementation (2015)

    Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is an approach used in numerous professions that focuses on attention on evidence quality in decision making and action. We review research on EBP implementation, identifying critical underlying psychological factors facilitating and impeding its use.

  • Preliminary Findings from the Evidence Based Practices Implementation and Organization Assessment (2014)

    The following preliminary report outlines the findings from the 2014 survey of Community Corrections agencies in Virginia and their local stakeholders. The surveys were designed to: 1) measure the extent to which EBPs are currently implemented in Community Corrections agencies throughout Virginia; 2) identify and examine the staff and organizational factors that impact an agency’s readiness to implement EBPs within local probation; 3) assess the extent to which treatment services are available and accessible within a local probation agency’s service area; 4) assess the perceptions of key stakeholders about the services provided by local probation and their existing professional relationship...

  • An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices (2014)

    The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide policymakers with an introduction and overview of the key concepts and issues associated with the identification and use of EBPs in criminal justice.

  • YouTube: Implementing Evidence Based Practices in Community Corrections (2013)

    This webinar offers some practical strategies for improving the implementation process and achieving better program results. James Bonta describes the efforts of the research team at Public Safety Canada to develop the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS) model and the large-scale, systematic steps taken to help ensure successful implementation of the program. STICS focuses on the role of probation officers, and works to improve the effectiveness of their day-to-day interactions with offenders. Kimberly Sperber discusses risk-based dosage, or how much treatment is required to impact recidivism of offenders.

  • The Colorado EBP Project for Implementation Capacity Development System (2012)

    Strategies for Improving Corrections’ Capacity for Implementing EBPs: The Colorado EBP Project for Implementation Capacity (EPIC) Staff Development System.

  • Implementation Science in Criminal Justice: How Implementation of Evidence-based Programs and Practices Affects Outcomes (2017)

    With increased attention on the criminal justice system's use of evidence-based practices, focus is needed on the quality of practice implementation and its impact on outcomes. This article defines evidence-based practices, discusses the importance of effective implementation, and outlines the drivers for organizational and operational change.