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Informing and Connecting Engaged Citizens
December 12, 2013
Model for Effective Implementation of Juvenile Justice Evidence-Based Practices

This Innovation Brief describes how Louisiana, through a combination of local, state, university, and national partnerships, adopted a model that has doubled the overall proportion of juvenile justice involved youth having access to evidence-based services while the state witnessed a simultaneous 46% drop in juvenile arrests between 2006 and 2010.

Louisiana’s experiences can help to inform other state and local jurisdictions seeking to make a similar shift. Some of the keys to success in advancing evidence-based practices include 1) instituting a sustainable, system-wide movement with a comprehensive strategy; 2) maintaining community and stakeholder support through ongoing educational and outreach efforts; 3) developing local experts to ensure the continued diffusion of practices; 4) data-driven decision making to reflect the needs, resources and limitations of local jurisdictions; and, 5) implementation of innovations at the local level, coupled with ongoing involvement of state partners, as an effective way to facilitate larger community, region, and even statewide adoption.

Authors: Stephen Phillippi, PhD & Debra DePrato, MD, LSU School of Public Health, Institute for Public Health and Justice

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