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Gender Responsive Interventions in the Era of Evidence-Based Practice: A Consumer's Guide to Understanding Research

NCJ Number
250258
Date Published
June 2016
Length
20 pages
Author(s)
Patricia Van Voorhis
Agencies
BJA-Sponsored
Publication Type
Report (Grant Sponsored), Legislation/Policy Analysis, Issue Overview, Instructional Material
Grant Number(s)
2010-DJ-BX-K080
Annotation
This monograph emphasizes the need for policymakers and practitioners to understand the fundamentals of research in order to guide their work with justice-involved women.
Abstract
This means being informed about research, i.e., findings from both gender-neutral and gender-responsive research, and understanding how studies are conducted (e.g., sample sizes and outcome measures). It also means having experienced designers of studies to be conducted within a jurisdiction's own agencies with its own data. This monograph is organized into four sections that discuss the four main types of studies that pertain to gender-responsive approaches. Qualitative population profiles are early studies that provide information on the characteristics and needs of female offenders. Risk assessment or prediction studies involve the construction of risk/needs assessments, such as the Women's Risk/Needs Assessment. These studies identify the needs that correlate statistically with recidivism for women. Evaluation studies determine whether a particular intervention has been effective in addressing or stabilizing a problem; and if so, whether the improvement led to reductions in recidivism. Meta-analyses are studies that combine the findings of many independent studies. Because of a historical lack of women-only studies, meta-analyses of gender responsive studies have only just begun. Each of the four sections on types of studies includes a short discussion of the importance of the research, including the benefits and limitations, issues, and controversies; a description of how such studies are designed and conducted; and a guide that indicates the salient points related to gender-responsive research. 39 references and 8 additional resources
Date Created: September 30, 2016