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publications — Evaluation & Data

  • Evaluation of Reduced Probation Caseload Size

    Evaluation of Reduced Probation Caseload Size

    The principal question addressed in this report is whether reduced caseloads improve probation outcomes in agencies that have implemented evidence-based practices (EBP).

  • Interventions for High-Risk Youth

    Interventions for High-Risk Youth

    After nearly two decades of experience serving some of the most marginalized youth in the community, Roca is undergoing a thoughtful restructuring to clearly define and measure the work that they do, and ultimately to institutionalize practices that fulfill the agency’s mission and goals. As part of this transition to evidence-based practice, Roca is reviewing existing theory and practice that are applicable to its work. This document is a component of that effort.

  • Rethinking Justice in Massachusetts: Public Attitudes Toward Crime and Punishment

    Rethinking Justice in Massachusetts: Public Attitudes Toward Crime and Punishment

    Because public opinion is an important factor in shaping criminal justice policy, the Crime and Justice Institute partnered with Doble Research Associates to conduct a nonpartisan public opinion study to explore the views of Massachusetts and Boston residents on a range of criminal justice policies. This study specifically sought to determine how much public support exists for evidence-based practices that criminal justice research has shown to be most effective in reducing criminal behavior.