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NCJ Number: 249306 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of a Strategy To Improve Offender Assessment Practices: Staff Perceptions of Implementation Outcomes
Journal: Drug and Alcohol Dependence  Volume:152  Dated:July 2015  Pages:230-238
Author(s): Wayne N. Welsh; Hsiu-Ju Lin; Roger H. Peters; Gerald J. Stahler; Wayne E.K. Lehman; Lynda A.R. Stein; Laura Monico; Michele Eggers; Sami Abdel-Salam; Joshua C. Pierce; Elizabeth Hunt; Colleen Gallgher; Linda K. Frisman
Date Published: August 2015
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This implementation study examined the impact of an organizational process improvement intervention (OPII) on a continuum of evidence-based practices related to assessment and community reentry of drug-involved offenders: measurement/instrumentation, case plan integration, conveyance/utility, and service activation/delivery.
Abstract: Results showed significant intervention and sustainability effects for three of the four assessment domains examined, although stronger effects were obtained for intra- than inter-agency outcomes. No significant effects were found for conveyance/utility. The authors advise that implementations such as the OPII represent an important tool to enhance the use of evidence-based assessment practices in large and diverse correctional systems. Intra-agency assessment activities that were more directly under the control of correctional agencies were implemented most effectively. Activities in domains that required cross-systems collaboration were not as successfully implemented, although longer follow-up periods might afford detection of stronger effects. In order to assess implementation outcomes (staff perceptions of evidence-based assessment practices), a survey was administered to correctional and treatment staff (n = 1,509) at 21 sites randomly assigned to an early- or delayed-start condition. Hierarchical linear models with repeated measures were used to examine changes in evidence-based assessment practices over time, and organizational characteristics were examined as covariates to control for differences across the 21 research sites. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug offenders
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Drug treatment; Evidence-Based Practices; Evidence-Based Programs; Needs assessment; Program implementation; Treatment offender matching
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