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OJJDP FY 2021 Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative

Through the OJJDP FY 2021 Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, the Impact Center at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (subcontractor and partner) will support Westat as the prime applicant, along with other project partners, to advance state level juvenile justice systems toward the adoption and delivery of evidence-supported practices stemming from a full system review, recommended modifications, capacity building where needed (or desired), and enhanced performance of chosen reforms. The aims of the Impact Center’s contributions to the project include the use of applied, proactive implementation support training, coaching and technical assistance to:

1. Provide state of the art implementation support via onsite and virtual training, technical assistance, coaching, experiential learning, and other capacity building approaches leading to the effective implementation of evidence-supported organizational and capacity improvements that sustain innovations and policies stemming from JJ system reviews.
2. Foster awareness, grow knowledge and skills for state leaders and others about what it takes to fully support juvenile justice reforms using best practices from applied implementation science – using research, data and driver analyses that guide fit, feasibility, scalability, and effective adoption of selected reforms.
3. Ensure that adopted reforms are couched in evidence (e.g., “research based) and aligned with capacities.
4. With state leadership and key system partners (e.g., “stakeholders”), co-examine the existing state JJ system infrastructures to map the governance, support and program delivery opportunities for organizational changes and improvements to support policy, practice, and innovation reforms.      
5. Co-design and support sustainability practices to facilitate self-regulated success once grant resources expire.


Funding Agency:  

Arkansas Administration Office of the Courts

Funding Period:  

05/16/2022 to 09/30/2024

Award Amount:  



Robert (Robin) H. Jenkins, Principal Investigator
Barbara M. Lowery, Program Assistant