Evidence-Based Practices

Redeploy Illinois is committed to the use of well-researched programs and services to effectively address the needs of participating youth. The Redeploy Illinois statute requires jurisdictions to identify in their annual plan “the research or evidence base that qualifies those services and programs as proven or promising practices.”

EBPs are best known as standardized programs which have been rigorously evaluated by multiple researchers and can be implemented with fidelity to the program model. There are several organizations which publish lists of EBPs:

Additionally, the Promising Practices Network lists a greater number of research-supported programs, some of which have not yet been evaluated multiple times and cannot yet be considered EBPs in the strict sense.

In addition to replicable programs, there are research-based principles which can guide interventions with delinquent youth. The National Institute of Corrections have identified Eight Principles for Effective Intervention:

  1. Assess Actuarial Risk/Needs
  2. Enhance Intrinsic Motiviation
  3. Target Interventions toward higher risk youth, focusing on “criminogenic” needs, and structuring youth time as much as possible.
  4. Skill Train with Directed Practice
  5. Increase Positive Reinforcement
  6. Engage Ongoing Support in  Natural Communities
  7. Measure Relavent Processes
  8. Provide Measurement Feedback