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Nationally Recognized Expert in Juvenile Justice, Delinquency Prevention and Sentencing Touts Louisiana for Implementation of Family-based Interventions

The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Institute for Public Health and Justice and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation via funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Program hosted Dr. Peter Greenwood, executive director of Advancing Evidence Based Practice and nationally-recognized expert in juvenile justice, delinquency prevention and sentencing, for a meeting with the state’s juvenile justice leaders in Baton Rouge in May.

Dr. Greenwood shared with the group an overview of his research efforts including his most recent study that examines the progress of individual states in taking the top ranked, Blueprint family-based initiatives to scale, and attempting to identify those characteristics of the approach employed that seemed to facilitate or hinder the process.

“Our initial findings have revealed Louisiana to be among the top four states in the country to show growth in evidence-based community programs,” Dr. Greenwood stated. “We are very interested in learning about how Louisiana was able to accomplish such measurable results in just the last five years and using that information to assist with efforts other states.”

Dr. Greenwood indicated key steps in implementing evidence-based programs on a statewide scale include development of a statewide expertise, structured involvement of all key stakeholders, pilot testing of new evidence-based programs, creation of an information resource center, designation of EBPs to be supported by the state, special funding for designated evidence-based programs and technical assistance to parishes regarding needs assessment, program selection and implementation. Dr. Greenwood credited the Louisiana Models for Change Program as the facilitator of these key steps over the past five years.

Reform areas: Evidence-based practices

States: Louisiana