In 2015, OJJDP launched the Juvenile Justice Model Data Project to develop model measures for juvenile justice systems and provide guidance to the field on the data elements and coding categories required to calculate the model measures. OJJDP and its partners are creating the guidance to improve the quality and consistency of juvenile justice data and to increase the appropriate use of data in policy and practice decisions at the local, state, and national levels.
Goals and Objectives:
OJJDP is working with the National Center for Juvenile Justice and its parent organization the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, with other critical partners-the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Probation and Parole Association, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, the Performance-based Standards Learning Institute, and research staff from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice on this initiative. The Juvenile Justice Model Data Project is building a foundation for effective data and measurement practices in juvenile justice by: (1) developing model data elements with recommended definitions and coding categories that administrative data systems and other juvenile justice-related data collection efforts can adopt, (2) developing model measures and analyses with broad and practical application for state, local, and tribal efforts to monitor trends and assess the efficiency and effectiveness of their systems, and (3) developing a comprehensive strategy to disseminate and promote usage of the model data elements and measures.
The project partners have collaborated with and obtained feedback from the field on critical information requirements across justice sectors through a variety of methods, including:
- Systematic review of existing data collection efforts, measurement recommendations, jurisdiction reports, and data policies,
- In-person and web-based guided discussions with key stakeholders in juvenile justice,
- In-depth case studies in three jurisdictions (Florida, Oregon, and Pennsylvania), and
- Pilot testing of project recommendations and a data capacity assessment tool in two jurisdictions (Davidson County, Tennessee and the State of Idaho).
The project will issue recommendations for model data elements and broadly applicable measures and implement a comprehensive dissemination strategy for the final recommendations in 2018.
Publications and Products:
Benjamin Adams, Social Science Analyst
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Teri Deal, Senior Research Associate
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National Center for Juvenile Justice