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In addition to continuing to capture ongoing reviews of justice programs, CrimeSolutions.gov now also presents reviews of justice practices. A practice is a general category of activities, strategies, or procedures that share similar characteristics with regard to the issues they address and how they address them. While CrimeSolutions.gov program profiles can answer questions like "Did the ABC Mentoring Program in Anytown, USA achieve its goals?", a practice profile might be used to answer "Does mentoring usually achieve its goals?" See Why Programs and Practices? to learn more.
On CrimeSolutions.gov you will find:
- Research on the effectiveness of programs and practices as reviewed and rated by Expert Reviewers
- Easily understandable ratings based on the evidence that indicates whether a program or practice achieves its goals: (Program Review and Rating from Start to Finish and Practice Review and Rating from Start to Finish)
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- Profiles of programs and practices with research findings
What is the difference between programs and practices on CrimeSolutions.gov?
|Description||A specific set of activities carried out according to guidelines to achieve a defined purpose.||A general category of programs, strategies, or procedures that share similar characteristics with regard to the issues they address and how they address them.|
|Question Answered||How effective is this specific program according to the most rigorous evaluation(s) available?||How effective is this general practice on average across many evaluations?|
|Example||Did the ABC Mentoring Program in Anytown, USA achieve its goals?||Does mentoring usually achieve its goals?|
Read more About CrimeSolutions.govCrimeSolutions.gov is not an exhaustive list of all justice-related programs and practices, and inclusion on this site does not constitute an endorsement of a program or practice by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more.
Motivational Interviewing for Substance Abuse
Practice Summary: A client-centered, semidirective psychological treatment approach that concentrates on improving and strengthening individuals’ motivations to change.
Rochester Resilience Project (RRP)
Program Summary: A school-based intervention to improve the social–emotional and behavioral skills of young children at risk for mental health disorders and substance abuse. The intervention targeted children from kindergarten to the third grade who had teacher-reported problems in behavioral skills, social–emotional skills, or with on-task learning behaviors.
Phoenix (Arizona) Homicide Clearance Project
Program Summary: The program's primary goal was to improve homicide clearance rates by increasing investigative time through the transfer of four crime scene specialists to the homicide unit.
The Pathways Home Foster Care Reunification Intervention
Program Summary: A preventive intervention intended to successfully reunite children returning home to their parents after their first stay in foster care.
Adults in the Making (AIM)
Program Summary: A family-centered preventive intervention designed to enhance the family protective process and self-regulatory competence to deter escalation of alcohol use and development of substance use problems.
Noncustodial Employment Programs for Ex-Offenders
Practice Summary: Job training and career development for offenders with a recent criminal record to increase employment and reduce recidivism. These programs take place outside of the traditional custodial correctional setting, after offenders are released.
School-Based Mentoring Program for At-Risk Middle School Youth
Program Summary: A one-to-one mentoring program designed for middle school students who had high numbers of office discipline referrals and unexcused absences. The goal was to prevent behavioral disabilities among the students by reducing discipline referrals and school absenteeism and by promoting their connectedness to school, peers, and teachers and other adults.
Adolescent Diversion Program (New York State)
Program Summary: The Adolescent Diversion Program (New York State) is a diversion program for 16- and 17-year-old defendants in the New York state adult criminal justice system.
Cherokee Talking Circle
Program Summary: A culturally based intervention targeting substance abuse among Native American adolescents. The program was designed for students who were part of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, the eighth largest tribe in Oklahoma.
Deterrent-Letter Project (Quebec, Canada)
Program Summary: A deterrence-based intervention that took place in four Quebec insurance companies aimed to deter residential theft insurance claimants from exaggerating the value of their claims.