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Bridging Research and Practice for Juvenile Justice: Systematizing the Approach

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December 2016
29 pages
This report explains the project in which the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Urban Institute are cooperating in the development of a systematic process for integrating selected research findings relevant to juveniles and the juvenile justice system into the policies and practices of the juvenile justice system in a process of ongoing reform.
This effort is called the Bridge Project, which is "bridging" the integration of research findings into juvenile justice policies and practices. This process is called "translation," since it is translating the language of multidisciplinary research pertinent to juvenile development and behavior into the language of juvenile justice as it focuses on addressing and managing the problematic and harmful behaviors of juveniles effectively, efficiently, and objectively. The Bridge Project has designed a four-phase, systematic process for this translation from research to practice. The first phase is to decide what to translate, i.e, decide what research has relevance to juvenile justice policy and practice. The second phase is translating the research findings into the language of the juvenile justice system's policies and practices as well as the particular context in which the translation will occur. Phase three involves designing and developing the product, which consists of packaging the translated research findings into a form and language that will be understood by juvenile justice policymakers and practitioners in a variety of jurisdictions with diverse contexts. Phase four is the dissemination of the products. This pertains to education and training needed to understand the product and implement it in diverse jurisdictions.. 4 figures and 8 references

Date Published: December 1, 2016