What is an Evidence-Based Practice?

An evidence-based practice is a strategy, curriculum, or approach that has been shown to be effective at achieving its intended outcomes using extensive scientific research and evaluation. Evidence-based practices in corrections are those that have been shown to reduce recidivism or improve other outcomes for justice involved youth and adults.  

Evidence-Based Practices at DCJ: 

Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

Functional Family Probation (FFP) 

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative 

How Does DCJ Employ Evidence-Based and Promising Practices?

  • Staff continually learn what experts consider to be the most promising and effective practices in their field.

  • Implementation of these practices is systematically monitored by the collection of data and an objective outcome analysis.

  • Decision-making on policies and programs is decided by data analysis and is based on the best information available.

  • Supervision, service provision, and case planning is done after criminogenic needs and risk levels have been determined.

  • DCJ makes long-term investments in its employees through the provision of education and training, working in collaboration with the courts, law enforcement, schools, treatment agencies, community based organizations, and residents of Multnomah County. 

How Does DCJ Contribute to Evidence-Based Knowledge?

The Research and Planning (RAP) team collects, interprets, analyzes, and disseminates information related to DCJ operations:

  • Circulates emerging best practices in research publications and professional associations.
  • Develops mandatory reports to government agencies and funders.
  • Evaluates contract compliance.
  • Supports quality improvement efforts with community partners.
  • Communicates department performance with expert data visualization.

RAP's efforts persuade system change and encourage the use of evidence-based practices.