Evidence Based Practices in Utah Juvenile Court

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Welcome to the Utah Juvenile Court Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Website. Since 1998, the Utah Juvenile Court and the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) have collaborated to improve practices in working with delinquent youth by implementing evidence-based practices (EBP). The goal of this continuing process is to incorporate EBP into each component of the system and into each step of working with delinquent youth.This webpage provides an overview of evidence-based practices and resources utilized by the Utah Juvenile Court and the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS). Detailed information on the use of risk assessments, the case planning model, probation officer career track, implementation time lines, and program evaluation process are available on this page. Additionally, the webpage includes electronic copies of the abbreviated and extended versions of the Case Planning Toolkit. Additional components of the web page are currently under construction and should be available by March 2014.


EBP Timeline

  • Utah EBP Timeline - PDF


Risk Assessments

  • Utilizing Risk Assessment - PDF


Probation Supervision Case Plan

  • Probation Case Plan - PDF



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EBP and Probation Officer (PO) Career Track

Juvenile probation chiefs, supervisors, and officers in Utah are highly trained experts with extensive experience and education who are focused on assisting youth and families in changing behaviors. In Utah, 22.4% of juvenile probation workers have a Master's Degree or higher and all have a Bachelor's degree. On average, juvenile probation workers have 11.6 years of experience and 18% are bilingual or multilingual. In addition, juvenile probation chiefs, supervisors, and officers receive extensive initial and ongoing training. Please see the career track documents below for additional information.

  • PO Career Track Guidelines and Instructions - PDF
  • PO Career Track - PDF
  • PO Career Track Table - PDF


Implementation and Quality Assurance

  • EBP Implementation
    • Implementing Evidence Based Practices in Utah - PDF
    • Models For Change Guidebook for Risk Assessment Implementation - PDF
    • Models For Change Appendices - PDF
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  • Example QAP - Check Back Soon


Program Fidelity

  • Implementing a Program Evaluation Process - PDF
  • Utah Correctional Program Checklist (CPC) Overview - PDF
  • CPC Web-based Program Assessment Tool - PDF
  • Example CPC Program Evaluation Report - PDF


EBP Frequently Asked Questions

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  • The Achilles Heel of Evidence-Based Practices authored by W.D. Burrell. Available at: www.napehome.org
  • Guide for Implementing the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model from the Office of JuvenileJustice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice (OJJDP). Available at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/implementing/intro.html
  • Overview of Motivational Interviewing. - PDF
  • Rehabilitating Criminal Justice Policy & Practice authored by D.A. Andrews & J. Bonta inPsychology, Public Policy, and Law, Vol. 16 (No. 1), 39-55. - PDF