Models for Change is grounded in the principle that practical approaches to delinquency should reflect and be guided by basic developmental science.
The MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice (1996-2005) first gave rise to Models for Change by calling attention to the urgent need for juvenile justice reforms to close the gap between law, policy and practice, and expanding developmental knowledge. After the original Network's work, the Foundation continued to fund research in support of juvenile justice reform through the Models for Change Research Initiative.
The Research Initiative examined questions that were framed with the needs of practitioners and policymakers in mind, through an unusual collaboration between the researchers, members of the Models for Change teams at each state site, and members of the National Resource Bank.
The Research Initiative Knowledge Briefs: