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Evaluation of Models for Change
Researcher(s): (Douglas Young)
Models for Change (MfC) is an initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to accelerate a national juvenile justice reform movement to improve the lives of young people in trouble with the law, while enhancing public safety and holding young offenders accountable for their actions. MfC seeks to make juvenile justice systems more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate through the use of evidence-based practices and tools. IGSR, in partnership with Mathematica, is implementing a comprehensive, mixed methods evaluation of MfC initiatives in more than a dozen jurisdictions across the country, including comprehensive statewide efforts in four states (Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana and Washington). Evaluation findings will be instrumental in identifying effective reform strategies and replicating similar programs, practices, and tools throughout the United States.