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In Case You Missed It The PEW Charitable Trusts States Turning to Evidence-Based Policymaking

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The PEW Charitable Trusts: States Turning to Evidence-Based Policymaking to Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth  



ICYMI – The PEW Charitable Trusts recently released a study and article highlighting Florida’s juvenile justice system as a national leader in how evidence-based policymaking is helping Florida’s children and youth. See below for a statement from DJJ Secretary Christina K. Daly and more information on the report.



“Florida is proud to have a juvenile justice system that serves as a national model for how evidence-based programing can best serve youth and families. Successful youth outcomes and public safety are at the heart of what DJJ does every day, and over the past six years, we have implemented aggressive reforms to help meet these goals. We will continue to champion data and evidence-based programming to ensure we continue to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the youth in our care and the surrounding communities. ”-DJJ Secretary Christina K. Daly




States Turning to Evidence-Based Policymaking to Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth


PEW Charitable Trusts


September 22, 2017




“Policymakers want to improve outcomes for children and youth but often struggle with how best to allocate limited resources. In recent years, many have turned to evidence-based policymaking—the systematic use of high-quality research in decision-making—to help address this challenge.”



But, two states—Florida in juvenile justice and Ohio in child welfare—demonstrate how evidence-based policymaking can help lawmakers make better investments in programs targeting children and youth.”




“With a mandate to divert youth from the juvenile justice system, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, or DJJ, has for several years championed an evidence-based policymaking approach to improve outcomes for this population. For instance, in 2011, participation in the Juvenile Justice Improvement Project—an initiative to improve youth outcomes—spurred the department to use the nationally recognized Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol to identify how well the state’s juvenile justice programs adhere to key principles of evidence-based interventions. The department also created a supplementary model that compares programs based on how effective they are in reducing recidivism relative to their operating costs. These efforts enabled program providers to identify which programs lower recidivism rates while increasing the return on investment for taxpayers.”