Research-Based Guidelines for Juvenile Justice Programs

This article describes three different ways evidence-based programs can be defined, with a focus on an approach that is not well known but extremely important, particularly for non-brand name programs and the jurisdictions in which they operate. The article also presents guidelines for maximizing the effectiveness of programs for juvenile offenders, and it describes a tool-the Standard Program Evaluation Protocol-that can be used to assess juvenile interventions and help them align more closely with evidence-based practice. Howell and Lipsey expand our understanding of what it means to be evidence-based, and also demonstrate that with the right approach, locally developed, non-brand name programs can be highly effective and evidence-based.