Validation. You’ve heard about it over the years. You know it’s a best practice. But can you explain it to your agency’s stakeholders?
Even if the assessment tool you’re using has been validated on other populations in other jurisdictions, you don’t know if the tool is really working for YOUR population in YOUR jurisdiction unless you validate it using local data.
You’ve implemented a risk and needs assessment. Your team is using the data to inform decision-making. Now what?
Justice professionals make life-altering decisions every day, and the consequences of these decisions ripple throughout our communities. Sound decision making is critical to ensuring public safety and a just system, and it begins with having accurate information.
With limited time and resources, effective supervision becomes a balancing act. Who needs what resources? Who is most likely to reoffend? Which groups should be separated?
Every day, we make life-altering recommendations and decisions, from pretrial release to probation conditions to reentry and parole. There’s no lack of available information about tools and evidence-based principles, all intended to help supervision professionals align our practices with the EBP body of research.