To build and strengthen the local capacity of New York State to adopt evidence-informed youth justice practices, the New York Youth Justice Institute will support the dissemination, implementation, and assessment of effective and promising youth justice prevention and intervention programs, and will also conduct research to advance the science and practice of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs.   

Key Activities:

The vision of the Institute is that it would achieve the primary goals set forth in the mission through 4 primary activities. 

  1. Knowledge Compilation
    The most recent empirical in youth justice and delinquency prevention must be identified and compiled in a format that is easily accessible to the youth justice community. It is anticipated that initial efforts would be focused on identifying key existing knowledge while future work of the institute would be directed at ensuring the knowledge base remains current.
  2. Knowledge Translation and Dissemination
    The empirical research complied will need to be translated into formats that are easily accessible to both high level state officials in charge of dictating policy and allocating resources and by youth justice practitioners who are responsible for providing these key services to the youth of New York State. This requires knowledge and expertise working with and communicating to these two diverse audiences that possess very different information needs.
  3. Technical Assistance and Training
    Technical assistance must be provided to local programs and practitioners as they work to implement and replicate proven programs. Although such model programs have demonstrated success in other areas, it is important to remember that effectiveness or replication entails the local site is ready for implication, has a local champion for the program, that key staff have received training in the primary elements of the program, and that the implication is monitored to ensure fidelity to the original treatment model.
  4. Knowledge Productive/Evaluation
    For New York to advance to, and remain at, the top of the national youth justice policy, it is necessary for the standing mechanisms to be developed that allow for the Institute to not only compile information but to produce its own empirical evidence of the effectiveness of New York initiatives whether they be replications of the national models, or locally innovated programs that have the potential to become national models for best practices. Thus the Institute must include a research and evaluation component that works continuously to ensure proper data are being compiled, programs evaluated and results disseminated to the proper audiences.