Process and Outcome
The JRC has contracted with a number of state juvenile justice agencies around the nation to perform extensive process and outcome evaluations.
The Center has developed a comprehensive program accountability measures methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of juvenile and criminal justice programs. The model goes beyond traditional recidivism outcome evaluations by examining expected recidivism, given the underlying risk to re-offend of youth served, and comparing it to actual program performance. The model has been nationally recognized as a semi-finalist (top 50 in nation) in the Harvard University, Innovations in American Government Awards. The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) has also deemed analyses conducted by the Justice Research Center in Florida as a national best practice in the use of juvenile justice data. Outcome evaluations conducted by JRC researchers have included Disproportionate Minority Contact Benchmark Reports, Juvenile Residential Report Cards, and the statewide assessments of programming across the continuum of the juvenile justice system including prevention, probation, intake, and residential services.