Positive Outcomes: Strategies for Assessing the Progress of Youth Involved in the Justice System

John JayThis report from John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Research and Evaluation Center reviews a number of prominent frameworks that are available to help youth justice systems rely on positive outcomes, rather than recidivism rates, to measure their effectiveness. These include the Developmental Assets model, the 5Cs model, the Youth Program Quality Assessment model, the Positive Youth Justice model, and the Youth Thrive framework. Each model or framework aligns with the key principles of positive youth development as well as the large body of research on desistance from crime, which is also presented in the report.