ERIC Number: ED441054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
By the Numbers: The Role of Data and Information in Detention Reform. Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform 7.
This report examines how Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) sites used data to plan reforms and assess reform success, noting where and how they gathered data. Chapter 1, "The Need for Data," discusses: assessing data utilization, using data to enhance communication, and using this report to support reform. Chapter 2, "Guiding Principles," presents five principles: system reform is about decisions; focus on issues that can be changed; good programs and policies need good data; a computer is a tool; and an information system is never finished. Chapter 3, "Using Data for Planning and Assessment: Examples," describes how one JDAI site answered questions such as: "Who is coming into the juvenile justice system?""Who is in detention?""How long does it take to process cases?""How are minorities and nonminorities treated?" and "What results can be expected from reform?" Chapter 4, "Supporting Day-to-Day Operations with Technology: Examples," discusses interim steps and longer-term solutions. Chapter 5, "Lessons Learned," explains how essential good data are to planning processes. Chapter 6, "Getting Started," discusses data for planning and assessment and information systems supporting day-to-day work. (Contains 11 resources.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Computers, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Delinquency, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Juvenile Justice, Strategic Planning, Youth Problems
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.