The Evaluation of OJJDP's Truancy Reduction Demonstration Program

Ramona Gonzales, Colorado Foundation for Families

Truancy is recognized as a serious problem that has multiple causes, correlates and negative consequences for youth, families and communities. Delinquent youth and students who drop out of school before graduating often have a history of truant behavior. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is funding the development, implementation and evaluation of seven community-based truancy reduction demonstration programs across the nation. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify effective strategies for reducing truancy that can be replicated at the local community level. This presentation gives the history behind the project, an overview of the evaluation thus far, and preliminary outcome data. Additionally, implications for the replication of promising practices that keep youth in school are suggested.

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Updated 05/20/2006