Evidence Based Programming

The use of evidence based programming for youth in the group care setting can be achieved through purchasing and utilizing independent curriculum, such as Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and Thinking for a Change (T4C), or through the professional application of an evidence based tool used to measure the effectiveness of a program component.

Iowa’s Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) led by the Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (DCJJP) in partnership with Juvenile Court Services in Iowa has made use of the evidence-based Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) to examine juvenile justice services against the standard demonstrated in research to have optimal impact on recidivism among delinquent youth.  

In late 2014, Forest Ridge had several program components measured and reported on by the DCJJP using this tool.

The Forest Ridge evidence-based program components include:

  • Aggression Replacement Training – ART Group *
  • Thinking for a Change – T4C Group *
  • Courage to Change systems
  • Alternative Decision Making (to substance abuse) Group *
  • Victim to Survivor Group *
  • Skill Building Group *
  • Levels Group
  • Girls Circle Group
  • Life Skills Group
  • Individual Skill Building *
  • Individual Primary Sessions
  • World of Work, Restitution and Community Service

* indicates BHIS facilitation

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