Overview of the Evidence-Based Decision-Making Platform and Recent Demonstration Projects

Center for Juvenile Justice ReformThis bulletin from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) describes the components of an evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) platform implemented by jurisdictions involved in two recent CJJR demonstration projects. Over the past several decades, there has been a growing body of research evidence on what works in reducing recidivism and other negative outcomes for youth in the justice system; equally important has been the development of structured decision-making tools, including risk and needs assessment instruments and disposition matrices. When combined with evidence-based programs and services, these tools can be integrated as components of an EBDM platform to support decisions and improve outcomes for youth at every stage of juvenile justice processing.