Lessons Learned at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference

Posted by Lori Moore and Sophie Karpf, MST Services

How does one decide which programs best serve children in the juvenile justice system?

Seventy-eight years ago, a group of judges with a mission to improve the effectiveness of juvenile courts in this country created the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). Now in its 79th year, the NCJFCJ held its annual conference in Monterey Bay, Calif. Multisystemic Therapy (MST)  was there an exhibitor. With sessions like “Smart on Juvenile Justice,” “Rerouting the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court” and “Addressing School Pushout Among Black Girls,” the conference subject matter really resonated with MST’s mission and goals.ncjfcj_conference.jpgSophie Karpf, Judge Ramona Gonzalez, and Judge Steven Teske

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Success of Evidence-Based Programs Depends on Fidelity

Posted by Julie Revaz

If you want a successful EBP, don’t improvise

Congratulations. You have made the choice to implement evidence-based programs (EBP) in your community. It’s a wise and fiscally responsible choice since only EBPs deliver proven and predictable outcomes.

But here’s the rub: To get these results, it’s critical to implement the program with fidelity. Too often, “fidelity” might be seen an overrated and undervalued expense. Sure, sticking to rules and guidelines developed somewhere far away, typically in some university petri dish, is hard. 


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What Does "Evidence-Based" Even Mean?

Posted by Dr. Gregorio Melendez

At Blueprints, Del Elliot wonders aloud what is happening to the term evidence-based

In this year’s closing plenary session of the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development conference, keynote speaker and Blueprints founder, Delbert Elliott, asked us whether we can we rescue the concept of evidence based. While more and more systems across the nation and world have embraced the use of evidence-based programs for the treatment of antisocial behaviors, the term itself has undergone a transformation. Evidence-based-definition.jpg

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Strengths of Implementing an Evidence-based Practice in a Climate of “It is simply too hard”

Posted by Stephen Phillippi, Ph.D.

Why implementing evidence-based practices is a good choice

Let’s start by being honest—it’s hard to implement Evidence-based Practices (EBPs). However, keep in mind, it’s even harder to start an unscripted practice even with the most well-intentioned service providers, rely on the limited scope of implementation expertise in many jurisdictions or shoot in the dark hoping for outcomes that may not even target the needs in your local community.


Just for argument’s sake, consider several alternatives. Without implementing an evidence-based practice, most jurisdictions or agencies will be doing business as usual. In other words, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is a common definition of insanity. Agencies and jurisdictions might have great ideas about helping youth that never get to implementation because there is no real plan. (Most evidence-based practices come with a plan.) They may have a few stellar “go to” clinicians, but what happens when they go? Individual clinician’s practices often can’t be replicated. (EBPs give you options for sustaining good practices with many different practitioners over time.)

Jurisdictions probably won’t know the longer-term outcomes of the youth in their care at the individual case level and certainly not at the aggregate system-impact level. (Most evidence-based practices come with data-collection tools and useful ways to monitor outcomes for practitioners and systems.)

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Topics: evidence-based programs, EBPs, evidence-based practice

How Early Intervention Programs Like MST Can Save UK $2 Billion

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

The cost of not using evidence based programs for troubled youths is high

Proponents of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and other evidence-based programs say it over and over. Give young people experiencing difficulties the right intervention and you save society enormous amounts of money by keeping them home, out of jail and turning them into productive citizens.

Fifty British charities have weighed in on the subject. They estimate that a failure to intervene early leads to crises more costly to fix later. More costly? How about $2 billion more costly.v2-18-Drunk-woman-getty

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Topics: cost effectiveness, UK, evidence-based programs

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