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Cross-Site Report: Modifications and Adaptations from Planned to Actual JDC/RF Integration and Implementation - September 2015: Five Site Report

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Date Published
November 2015
3 pages
This evaluation of the five juvenile drug court (JDC) sites awarded grants under the Strategies in Practice and Reclaiming Futures (JDC/RF) program focused on the modifications and adaptations that occurred at the sites during the implementation of the JDC/RF integrated model.
The evaluation found that all of the five sites modified or adapted their original JDC/RF implementation plans to adjust to the circumstances that arose during the implementation. Sites adapted and modified JDC/RF operations and processes to best meet the circumstances of their programs, which changed over time. Sites broadened collaborations with other agencies, which indicated responsiveness to the ever-changing reservoir of resources available for youth and their families. Based on its findings, the evaluation recommends examining staff roles and responsibilities and planning for staff turnover (particularly if it can be anticipated), so as to reduce the likelihood of having to make program changes due to staffing changes. The evaluation also notes the importance of involving and engaging JDC/RF partners and maintaining effective processes for JDC/RF program implementation, which requires flexibility and consistent effort over time. Data on site programs were identified and analyzed by reviewing and comparing each site's program documents to corresponding process data collected during site visits. The data and analysis were clarified and confirmed with site representatives. Data are classified and discussed in the following areas of program operation: partnerships, process, staffing, and services. 1 table and 5 figures