Evaluation of the Juvenile Breaking the Cycle (JBTC) Program

Phillip Graham, Research Triangle Institute
Christopher P. Krebs, Research Triangle Institute

The Juvenile Breaking the Cycle (JBTC) Program, a federally-funded initiative, is an ambitious effort to effect major changes in the lives of juvenile offenders in Lane County, Oregon. Extensive evidence suggests that juvenile offenders are often involved with alcohol and drugs, and that substance use is one of the etiological factors contributing to delinquent behavior. The JBTC Program is a comprehensive yet focused approach for dealing with juvenile offenders because it addresses substance use and other potential disorders, such as mental illness and familial problems. The evaluation of JBTC examines the implementation and effectiveness of the JBTC program as it relates to (1) program participants, (2) the program delivery system, and (3) the Lane County community. The evaluation includes a process evaluation, an outcome evaluation, and a cost/benefit analysis. Data for these evaluative components were gathered from four primary sources: (1) individual juvenile offenders; (2) key service providers and programmatic stakeholders; (3) program, county, and state management information sources; and (4) extant data that will provide aggregate community-level information for comparisons with other communities. This presentation paper covers the process and outcome evaluations of JBTC and presents some preliminary findings on program fidelity and intervention effectiveness.

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Updated 05/20/2006