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ERIC Number: ED506801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-20
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Juvenile Justice: Technical Assistance and Better Defined Evaluation Plans Will Help Girls' Delinquency Programs. Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives. GAO-10-133T
Larence, Eileen R.
US Government Accountability Office
This testimony discusses issues related to girls' delinquency--a topic that has attracted the attention of federal, state, and local policymakers for more than a decade as girls have increasingly become involved in the juvenile justice system. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is the Department of Justice (DOJ) office charged with providing national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs to, among other things, prevent delinquency and intervene after a juvenile has offended. Also, in support of this mission, the office funds research and program evaluations related to a variety of juvenile justice issues. As programs have been developed at the state and local levels in recent years that specifically target preventing girls' delinquency or intervening after girls have become involved in the juvenile justice system, it is important that agencies providing grants and practitioners operating the programs have information about which of these programs are effective. In this way, agencies can help to ensure that limited federal, state, and local funds are well spent. In general, effectiveness is determined through program evaluations, which are systematic studies conducted to assess how well a program is working--that is, whether a program produced its intended effects. To help ensure that grant funds are being used effectively, OJJDP's efforts related to studying and promoting effective girls' delinquency programs were reviewed. A report on the results of that review was issued on July 24, 2009. This testimony highlights findings from that report and addresses: (1) efforts OJJDP has made to assess the effectiveness of girls' delinquency programs; (2) the extent to which these efforts are consistent with generally accepted social science standards and federal standards to communicate with stakeholders; and (3) the findings from OJJDP's efforts and how the office plans to address the findings. (Contains 16 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office