Innovation Brief: Indicators of Success: Developing System and Youth Outcome Measures for Juvenile Justice Agencies
Published Dec 8, 2014, LSUHSC Institute for Public Health and Justice
Knowledge of the effectiveness of the Louisiana Models for Change reform efforts has, in large part, been attributable to the implementation of local data driven programs that monitor and track the impact of both the reform efforts and the youth served. Two types of outcomes were measured across the state. System level outcomes focused on the effectiveness of changes made to policies and programs, while youth outcomes measured how reform efforts directly affected the youth involved within the juvenile justice system. Five data collection tools that were developed to measure the effectiveness of LaMfC reform efforts are discussed. The data obtained from these innovations have provided key empirical evidence, supporting the need for these data driven programs state-wide.