Evidence-Based Delinquency Prevention Programming in Local Communities

Michelle Burke-Storer, Development Services Group, Inc.
Marcia Cohen, Development Services Group, Inc.
Heidi Hsia, O. J. J. D. P.

Implementation of evidence-based delinquency prevention programs is being required more frequently in order for local communities to receive Federal funding. The newly passed Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (amended 2002) requires communities to implement model programs. This paper will explore the development of a unique on-line searchable database of exemplary, effective and promising research-based prevention programs that enables communities to use a risk and protection-focused model to select appropriate resarch-based programs to fill their identified gaps. This paper also presents the benefits of comprehensive delinquency plan development on the local level. Through th Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preventions' Title V Community Prevention Grants Program, communities are trained to perform multidisciplinary assessments of the risk and resources specific to their communities, and to subsequently develop community-wide, collaborative plans to prevent delinquency through evidence-based programs. This careful, systematic, stragegic planning process increases the efficacy of prevention efforts and reduces service duplication. This process improves collaboration and coordination between and among agencies, increases a community's capacity to make insightful program decisions, and results iun a tool which gives communities a great advantage when applying for a wide variety of funding streams.

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Updated 05/20/2006