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OJJDP National Training and Technical Assistance

OJJDP Online University The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to those working to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. A major component of these efforts is the provision of training and technical assistance resources that address the needs of juvenile justice practitioners and support state and local efforts to build capacity and expand the use of evidence-based practices.

To assist policymakers and practitioners in implementing comprehensive community-wide initiatives that strengthen the local juvenile justice system, OJJDP has developed a network of providers dedicated to delivering targeted training and technical assistance. On OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) website, information about upcoming training opportunities and archived training resources is provided through the OJJDP Online University.

What is training and technical assistance?

Training and technical assistance is the planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of activities designed to achieve specific learning objectives, resolve problems, and foster the application of innovative approaches to juvenile delinquency and victimization.

What types of technical assistance are available?

OJJDP and its network of providers offer assistance in many areas, including:

  • Problem identification and assessment.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Program enhancement and operations support.
  • Sustainability planning.
  • Evidence-based practice and model programming.
  • Team building and collaboration.
  • Community mapping and resource identification.
  • Partnership development, team building, and community collaboration.
  • Staff development and retention.
  • Information management.
  • Performance measurement and program evaluation.

What subject areas are addressed by OJJDP's training and technical assistance services?

OJJDP's training and technical assistance network stands ready to respond to a broad range of requests in all areas related to juvenile delinquency and victimization. Subject areas include:

  • Accountability-based sanctions and incentives and capacity development.
  • Adjudication and court management
  • Child abuse and neglect.
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Corrections and detention facilities and compliance monitoring.
  • Violence prevention.
  • Disproportionate minority contact.
  • Evidence-based practice and model programming.
  • Exposure to and prevention of violence.
  • Gang-involved youth.
  • Gender specific programming.
  • Internet safety.
  • Juvenile justice system improvement.
  • Mental health.
  • Problem-solving courts (drug, gun, youth courts, etc.).
  • Restorative justice.
  • Risks and needs assessment.
  • School safety.
  • Substance abuse and underage drinking.
  • Tribal youth.

How is training and technical assistance provided?

OJJDP's network of training and technical assistance providers offer an array of services, including:

  • Short-term and moderate technical assistance (offsite assistance via telephone, e-mail, Internet, distance learning, etc.).
  • Long-term and extensive technical assistance (onsite assistance including problem assessment, mentoring, capacity building, evaluation, etc).
  • Peer-to-peer information exchange.
  • Publication drafting and dissemination.
  • Speaker assistance, subject matter expert deployment.
  • Travel scholarships.
  • Product review and program assessment.
  • Information sharing and communication enhancement.
  • Training development to include agenda and curriculum development, speaker identification, and logistical support.

Who is eligible for technical assistance?

Any state, tribe, unit of local government or organization supporting the justice system's response to juvenile delinquency and victimization is eligible to receive technical assistance from OJJDP.

While OJJDP may not have funding to support every request received, our agency has a host of resources that can benefit the field. OJJDP will review and respond to every request for training and technical assistance that it receives and facilitate assistance through a variety of means including financial assistance, information dissemination, coordination and collaboration, and referral.

How do I request training and technical assistance?

Request training and technical assistance through OJJDP's training and technical assistance portal, TTA360. Available through NTTAC, TTA360 is a centralized TTA request system that allows you to submit a request to any of OJJDP's providers, create and manage your own account, and view progress on your requests in real time. A broad range of training and technical assistance is available through NTTAC. Please note that the request should be requested at least 60 days before the assistance is required.