1. Supporting Innovative Approaches to Research and Evaluation|
Knowledge about "what works" helps OJJDP and other Federal agencies design better initiatives and provide more effective technical assistance and training to communities working to prevent delinquency. It also helps shape future policy and priorities. In 1998, through the CFE program, a number of research initiatives were undertaken, engaging a variety of disciplines in validating assumptions about delinquent behavior and identifying successful program components and activities.
Working with the Coordinating Council, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council's Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education developed the Forum on Adolescence, a meeting ground for experts from government, academia, and other related fields. As a group, Forum members work to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate scientific research on critical national issues relating to youth and their families and then disseminate the findings to a wide array of audiences. Current Forum projects include the Juvenile Crime, Prevention, Treatment and Control Committee, workshops on helping communities promote positive youth development, and initiatives to promote peaceful, respectful relations among youth.
Supporting efforts to link evaluation findings to program development and practice, OJJDP, in cooperation with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), is funding 120 communities to implement the Blueprints Project. This initiative provides step-by-step instructions that help communities plan and implement exemplary violence prevention programs that have been proven through extensive research and evaluation to be effective in reducing violence and juvenile delinquency. Additionally, the Science on the Same Page initiative is working across agencies to develop common terminology for defining and discussing promising prevention strategies and programs.