Studying Drivers of Risk and Needs Assessment Instrument Implementation in Juvenile Justice

OJJDP-LogoThis bulletin from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) examines findings from two OJJDP-funded research projects that explore factors that facilitate the effective implementation of risk and needs assessment instruments in the juvenile justice system. Research suggests that proper implementation can help reduce reliance on formal system involvement for some youth and decrease recidivism. The bulletin identifies the factors of implementation—such as staff training and buy-in, managerial support and operating procedures, and stakeholder engagement—that appear to drive effective implementation.