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NCJ Number: 83367 Find in a Library
Title: National Evaluation of Prevention Final Report - Executive Summary
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency Research Ctr
United States of America
Project Director: B Krisberg
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency Research Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94108
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Washington, DC 20549-2736
Grant Number: 77-NI-99-0008; 77-JN-99-0007
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A national evaluation of the delinquency prevention program funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is summarized.
Abstract: The delinquency prevention program involved 168 private-sector youth agencies in 68 cities across the Nation. About 20,000 youth were served by these programs during the 2-year study period. The evaluation involved a process analysis that described how programs were conceptualized, planned, implemented, administered, and ended, as well as an impact analysis that measured project effects on youth, communities, and youth-serving agencies. Site visits were conducted to collect data. The primary finding from the data on direct services is that grantees, lacking specific Federal guidelines or explicit delinquency prevention theories, delivered the same types of services they had been providing for many years. Although grantees were offered a range of intervention strategies by OJJDP (direct services, community development, and capacity building), grantees chose to reinforce and expand their traditional direct services. The dominant direct service provided was recreation, with more limited resources directed toward other services, such as counseling, employment, and education. For the most part, grantees lacked formal intake screening procedures to decide which youths should receive what type of service. What is most needed in the area of delinquency prevention are policy and administrative procedures to encourage innovations in delinquency control through research and development on a modest scale. Specifically, future prevention efforts should have the goal of reducing rates of official delinquency in clearly defined target populations.
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); Program evaluation
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