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Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) places an emphasis on achieving measurable outcomes and making sure that the services provided and the resources used are effective. It involves using research-based and scientific studies to identify interventions that reliably produce significant reductions in recidivism, when correctly applied to offender populations through the use of the following four principles of effective intervention:

  • Risk Principle – focuses on attention on the crucial question of WHO is being served and calls for targeting the higher risk offenders.
  • Need Principle – requires that priority be given to addressing criminogenic risk/need factors with a clear focus on WHAT programs are delivered.
  • Treatment Principle – conveys the importance of using behavioral treatment approaches to achieve the best possible outcomes and requires attention to the questions of HOW programs are delivered.
  • Fidelity Principle – draws attention to HOW WELL programs are delivered and reiterates the necessity that programs be implemented as designed.
Successful implementation of EBP includes organizational development to create and sustain a culture accepting of best practices and evidence-based approaches, including a commitment to initial and ongoing professional development and training, use of validated risk/needs assessment tools, data collection and analysis, use of programs and practices known to produce positive criminal justice outcomes, quality assurance assessments to ensure program fidelity, performance management to improve programs and policies, a “systems change approach” to develop collaborations so that tasks, functions and sub-units work effectively together and not at cross-purposes, and a focus on sustainability.

Previous EBP Webinars & Webcasts

Crime & Justice Institute (CJI) – Series of webinars to engage researchers and practitioners in building a community of practice around evidence-based practices to reduce recidivism from a variety of stakeholder perspectives.

  • Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections - View Link
  • Evidence-Based Policies and Practices to Reduce Recidivism: Implications for State Judiciaries - View Link
  • Using Evidence to Promote Public Safety: Practical Considerations for Prosecution - View Link
  • Evidence-Based Practice in PreTrial Services: Applications of Principles, Laws and Research - View Link
  • Evidence-Based Principles for Enhancing Correctional Results in Jails and Prisons - View Link
  • Effective Clinical Practices Treating Clients in the Criminal Justice System - View Link
  • Using Evidence to Promote Public Safety – Practical Considerations for Defense - View Link

National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) & Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA): Webinar/Webcast Library - View Link

  • Examples of NCJA/BJA EBP Library Titles:
  • Navigating Evidence Based Policies and Practices: What States Can Do To Generate the Evidence?
  • From Research to Implementation: focuses on the process of creating evidence based practices, successful implementation and the importance of fidelity to a program model.
  • Using Evidence Informed Principles in Juvenile Justice: Lowering Recidivism, Reducing Secure Detention and Promoting Positive Youth Development
  • Implementation Science and the Importance of Fidelity: Replicating Evidence-Based Practices
National Center for Justice Planning (NCJP), Evidence-Based Webinar Library - View Link

  • Examples of NCJA/BJA EBP Library Titles:
  • Navigating Evidence Based Policies and Practices: What States Can Do To Generate the Evidence?
  • From Research to Implementation: focuses on the process of creating evidence based practices, successful implementation and the importance of fidelity to a program model.
  • Using Evidence Informed Principles in Juvenile Justice: Lowering Recidivism, Reducing Secure Detention and Promoting Positive Youth DevelopmentImplementation Science and the Importance of Fidelity: Replicating Evidence-Based Practices
  • Implementation Science and the Importance of Fidelity: Replicating Evidence-Based Practices

National Center for Justice Planning (NCJP), Evidence-Based Webinar Library - View Link

  • Examples of NCJP EBP Library Titles:
  • Solutions in Corrections: Using Evidence-Based Knowledge
  • Evidence-Based Practices in Criminal Justice: Taking the Next Step

EBP Resources

  • Blueprints for Violence Prevention - View Link
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance – Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) - View Link
  • California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions - View Link
  • Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy - View Link
  • CrimeSolutions.gov - View Link
  • Evaluating Drug Control and System Improvement Projects – Guidelines for Project Supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance - View Link
  • Evidence-Based Crime and Violence Prevention and Intervention Practices - Office of Gang and Youth Violence Prevention - View Link
  • Helping America’s Youth - View Link
  • Justice Center, The Council of State Governments - Clearinghouse: What Works in Reentry - View Link
  • Justice Research and Statistic Association - View Link
  • National Criminal Justice Association - View Link
  • National Institute of Corrections, EBP in the Criminal Justice System: An Annotated Bibliography - View Link
  • National Institute of Justice, New Tool for Law Enforcement Executives - View Link
  • National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) - View Link
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Program Guide - View Link
  • Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University, Director Mark Lipsey - View Link
  • Promising Practices Network - View Link
  • Reducing Recidivism to Increase Public Safety: A Cooperative Effort by Courts and Probation Hon, J. Richard Couzens, Placer County Superior Court (Ret.) - PDF
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices – View Link
  • University of Cincinnati, Effective Programs/Curricula Recommendations - PDF
  • Washington State Institute for Public Policy – PDF

The Board of State and Community Corrections

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