Assessing Evaluation Partnerships for Female-Specific Programming in Juvenile Justice: Bridging Research and Practice

Ashley M. Nellis, Justice Research and Statistics Assn
Mary E. Poulin, Justice Research and Statistics Assn.

ABSTRACT
In 2002, the Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (JJEC) of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) funded four state research agencies to work with their governor-appointed juvenile justice advisory groups toward the accomplishment of two goals. The first goal was to increase collaboration between researchers and the state's juvenile justice advisory groups. The second goal was to encourage evaluation or to build the capacity to evaluate gender-specific juvenile justice programs. This presentation will report on the type and strength of the partnerships that developed between researchers and the advisory groups as well as the potential for a sustained working relationship; how the states chose to approach their evaluation-related activities; and consider how the results of the projects relate to recommendations from the academic literature regarding services for girls.

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