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| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This issue of the newsletter includes: a collaboration between Westat and NCCD; a new webinar on predictive analytics and child protection; CEO Kathy Park represents NCCD around the country; the 2016 Media for a Just Society Awards call for entries opens. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The Fall 2015 issue of SDM News describes the benefits of documentation (aka paperwork) using SDM assessments; NCCD's latest work in Singapore; and a pilot program focused on infant safety in San Diego County, California. In addition, meet three new NCCD staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient. 

2015 Fall Webinar – Improving Client Mental Health to Positively Impact Abuse Resolution

| Jo Ann Shirey, PhD | Jacqueline Berman, PhD | National Council on Crime and Delinquency

In this webinar we will discuss the implementation of mental health screening and Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) in routine elder abuse services. Providing Options To Elderly Clients Together (PROTECT) is a mental health program in which anxiety and depression screening and PST with anxiety management are integrated into elder abuse services to improve outcomes for victims with depression and/or anxiety. The webinar will describe the methods used and the effects of the program on staff and clients. (Materials: slide presentation)

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The October newsletter announces the winners of the 2015 Media for a Just Society Awards; announces new papers on predictive analytics in child protection, by Dr. Jesse Russell; and details new projects in Ventura County.*Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The September newsletter announces the launch of the new SafeMeasures® website; Texas CPS adopts the SDM® system; Dr. Jesse Russell named Chief Program Officer; Jennifer Cotter named associate director of NCCD’s Children’s Research Center. *Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

A comprehensive collaborative effort to address gang and youth violence in the City of Salinas, California, is having a positive impact, according to a recent study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Using a mixed-methods approach to collecting and analyzing data, NCCD evaluated the Strategic Work Plan for the city of Salinas, which was developed by a coalition of Salinas organizations and leaders. Results of the evaluation indicate improvements in the community, including better relationships between residents and law enforcement and improved communication among local organizations that address violence. This executive summary highlights some of the effort's main achievements and challenges and includes recommendations for improvement. The full report can be found here. 

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

A comprehensive collaborative effort to address gang and youth violence in the City of Salinas, California, is having a positive impact, according to a recent study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Using a mixed-methods approach to collecting and analyzing data, NCCD evaluated the Strategic Work Plan for the city of Salinas, which was developed by a coalition of Salinas organizations and leaders. Results of the evaluation indicate improvements in the community, including better relationships between residents and law enforcement and improved communication among local organizations that address violence. This report highlights some of the effort's main achievements and challenges and includes recommendations for improvement. An executive summary of the report can be found here

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Risk assessment is a core practice to promote safer communities and more successful youth.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

A disposition matrix brings a greater degree of consistency, reliability, and equity to the assessment and decision-making process.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

While the abstract concept of validity makes sense, actual testing for validity can be challenging. Because validity exists on a continuum, with degrees of less and more valid, we think of some tools as being more valid than others. This means that a test to determine which tools are most or least valid can be useful.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Disposition matrices help guide decisions, allow for more effective practice evaluation, and are powerful tools for helping systems achieve their goals.

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Research has demonstrated that structured decisions lead to better outcomes than those based on worker judgment alone.