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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.
Public School Choice Lottery (Charlotte–Mecklenburg, N.C., School District)
Program Summary: An open-enrollment school choice plan in the Charlotte–Mecklenburg, N.C., School District designed to offer slots at oversubscribed schools through a lottery-based system.
Interventions Targeting Street-Connected Youth
Practice Summary: Interventions that aim to improve the situation of street-connected children and young people.
Boys Town Family Home Program (Boys Town)
Program Summary: A residential program that emphasizes behavioral and academic skills in a family-style setting.
Youth-Nominated Support Team-Version II (YST-II)
Program Summary: An intervention designed for suicidal adolescents ages 13–17. The purpose of the intervention was to supplement routine care following psychiatric hospitalization, a period of high risk for suicidal incidents.
Brief Instrumental School-Based Mentoring Program
Program Summary: A school-based intervention designed for at-risk middle school students. The program aimed to improve academic performance, promote school connectedness and life satisfaction, and decrease disciplinary actions.
Jefferson County Community Partnership (Birmingham, Ala.)
Program Summary: Offers a wide array of services for youth with serious emotional disturbances to reduce youth's contact with the juvenile justice system. The services are accessible, community-based, individualized, culturally competent, and include an individual’s family in the planning and delivery of treatment. The program is rated Promising. The program was shown to significantly reduce youths’ contact with the juvenile justice system.
Utah Juvenile Drug Courts
Program Summary: Offers substance abuse treatment and programming for juveniles in an effort to reduce participants’ alcohol, drug and delinquency offenses. The program is rated Promising. The program was shown to significantly reduce delinquency and criminal offenses, but not alcohol and other drug offenses.
Global Positioning System for High-Risk Gang Offenders (California)
Program Summary: Monitors and tracks the movement of parolees categorized as high risk for gang involvement or activity. The program is rated Promising. Parolees monitored by the GPS program had significantly less arrests for new offenses and violent offenses, but had higher odds of technical violations.
Ecologically Based Family Therapy (EBFT) for Substance-Abusing Runaway Adolescents
Program Summary: A home-based, family preservation model that focuses on families who are in crisis because a youth has run away from home. The model targets 12- to 17-year-olds who are staying in a runaway shelter and are also dealing with substance abuse issues. The program is rated Promising. At fifteen months following the program, runaway youth in EBFT reported significantly less substance abuse.
Movimiento Ascendencia (Pueblo, Colo.)
Program Summary: A culturally focused, gender-specific program that provides young females, primarily Mexican American, alternatives to substance abuse and gang involvement. The program is rated Promising. The program significantly reduced self-reports of damaging property; stealing more than $50; and buying, selling, or holding stolen goods. However, it had no impact on self-esteem, grades in school, concealing of weapons, and stealing less than $50.