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National Juvenile Court Data Archive

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $600,000)

The National Juvenile Court Data Archive (the Archive) houses the automated records of cases that courts with juvenile jurisdiction have handled. This program funds the annual collection, verification, and analysis of data that documents the activities of the juvenile justice court system and its response to law-violating and at-risk youth. The Archive disseminates information on juvenile court case processing through Juvenile Court Statistics reports and fact sheets and makes national and state-level data publicly accessible online. The Archive also provides technical assistance to state and local data collection agencies to help them expand and improve their information systems and information sharing capabilities. Finally, the Archive is conducting a feasibility study to assess the level of effort required to expand the scope of the Archive to include data collection from juvenile dependency (child abuse and neglect) courts. This program is authorized by 42 U.S.C. 3796ee-10.

Under the OJJDP FY 2012 National Juvenile Court Data Archive competitive solicitation, OJJDP has selected the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to implement this statistical research initiative. The goal of the Archive is to maintain and expand the current Archive database, and to continue providing detailed information on juvenile court case processing of delinquency and status offense cases to assist research and policymaking efforts. This proposal requests funds for 1 year, but describes activities for a 3-year grant period. The Archive will continue to pursue three general objectives: data collection and processing, data use and dissemination, and data quality improvement and technical assistance. Data collection and processing involves extracting research data files from administrative data sets, producing national estimates, and documenting and preserving data. Data use and dissemination are achieved through the Juvenile Court Statistics annual reports, preparation of data for OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book, the Archive's Web site that facilitates use of Archive files, and responding to information requests. Data quality improvement and technical assistance are addressed through efforts to expand the sample of reporting courts, monitor data quality, provide technical assistance to state and local agencies to help them expand/improve their information systems and information sharing capabilities, and improve the national estimates. The Archive will also conduct a Dependency Court Data Collection Feasibility Study.


Date Created: September 27, 2012