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NCJ Number: 207023 Find in a Library
Title: Addressing the Gender-Specific Needs of Girls: An Evaluation of San Diego's WINGS Program -- Final Report
Author(s): Cynthia Burke Ph.D.; Sandy Keaton; Susan Pennell
Corporate Author: San Diego Cty Probation Dept
United States of America

San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
United States of America
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 150
Sponsoring Agency: San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Cty Probation Dept
San Diego, CA 92123
Sale Source: San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
401 B Street
Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the evaluation methodology and findings for San Diego County's (California) WINGS program, a program for juvenile female probationers intended to support and empower them and their families in accessing and receiving appropriate services.
Abstract: WINGS clients were assigned a home visitor within 3 days of the service provider receiving a referral from the probation department. The home visitors acted as case managers and facilitators of change, and they developed comprehensive case plans that addressed the needs of the girls and their families. Clients were provided a comprehensive battery of no-cost services through a multidisciplinary team model that combined home visiting and center-based services. Both a process evaluation (Was the program implemented as planned?) and an impact evaluation (Did the program achieve its intended results?) were conducted. The process evaluation collected data from a variety of sources, and the impact evaluation focused on various outcomes, including reduction in risk factors and recidivism. The impact evaluation, which was conducted between April 2000 and September 2003, used a true experimental design that involved 798 girls who were randomly assigned to participate in WINGS or to "treatment as usual" (regular probation/diversion). The process evaluation found that WINGS was implemented to be family-focused, gender-responsive, center-based, and with the home visits conducted as planned. The impact evaluation found that clients who completed the program had more protective factors and fewer risk factors at exit than the comparison group. There was little difference in recidivism between the treatment and comparison groups, but WINGS girls were more likely to complete probation and less likely to have an institutional commitment during program participation. 11 tables, 33 figures, and 21 references
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): California; Family intervention programs; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Juvenile probation effectiveness
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