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Innovation Brief: University Partnerships as a Strategy for Promoting Data-Driven Decision Making in Juvenile Justice

Published Dec 12, 2013, Kristina Childs, PhD,Consultant for the Institute for Public Health and Justice & Paul Frick, PhD, University of New Orleans

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A critical piece of juvenile justice reform is the use of data to objectively identify areas in need of reform, select the types of reforms that match a jurisdiction’s needs, and to evaluate the effectiveness of reform efforts. This leads to a data informed juvenile justice system that offers more objective oversight for its stakeholders, ensures that reform efforts are effective and cost efficient, and can support dissemination of practices to other jurisdictions.

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