Quality Control: Ensuring that "Research-Based" Programs Are Implemented Based on Research

Robert Barnoski, Washington State Inst. for Public Policy
Steve Aos, Washington State Inst. for Public Policy

This paper summarizes how Washington State implemented statewide, three research-based programs through a partnership between the state and local juvenile justice system. The lagest results of the large scale outcome evaluation, which measures recidivism and the costs and benefits of the programs relative to regular court processing, are described. The evaluation indicates that the programs work when they are implemented by competent therapists who adhere to the programs, but that incompetent therapists fail to produce cost-beneficial results. The paper discusses the steps the state-locatl partnership is taking to ensure that quality control issues are implemented for the research-based programs.

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Updated 05/20/2006