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Studying Drivers of Risk and Needs Assessment Instrument Implementation in Juvenile Justice (NCJ 251809) December 2018
20 page(s)
Juvenile justice practitioners often use risk and needs instruments to assess a youth's risk of reoffending and identify factors that, if addressed, can reduce the risk of recidivism. In addition, these professionals rely on assessment findings to develop a treatment and service plan that will appropriately target a youth's individual needs and promote the best possible outcomes. Research suggests that the effectiveness of an assessment instrument is influenced by how well it is implemented. This bulletin examines two OJJDP-supported studies that examine the factors—such as staff training and buy-in, managerial support, and stakeholder engagement—that appear to drive effective implementation.