Monitoring and Evaluation

Establish a system for program monitoring and evaluation to maintain quality of service, assess program impact, and contribute to knowledge in the field. 

The juvenile drug court needs to gather short- and long-term information about the program’s effectiveness. With this information, the drug court team can learn from the program’s experience and adjust procedures and revise plans to make the program more effective in serving youth and their families. At the same time, by pooling and evaluating data, the field can learn from the accumulated experience of juvenile drug courts throughout the country. (Excerpt taken from Juvenile Drug Courts: Strateiges in Practice).

Resources & Tools

Use the In-Practice Tip Sheet on Monitoring and Evaluation to provide operational steps to implementing the 16 Strategies in Practice. The Monitoring and Evaluation Tip Sheet focuses on how to compile baseline from a multi-disciplinary approach and focusing on the identified issues; incorporating monitoring and evaluation component before implementing the program; developing a mission statement that encapsulates expectations for success; devising a system for documentation of the program's process and procedure; and many more. For additional In-Practice Tip Sheets on Practical Tips to Help Juvenile Drug Court Teams Implement the 16 Strategies in Practice.

Supplemental Data Collection Tools

  • Data Collection for Family 
  • Data Collection for Implementation Assessment
  • Data Collection for JDTC Program 
  • Data Collection for JDTC Team 
  • Data Collection for Youth 
  • JDTC Planning Guide Assessment Key 
  • JDTC Planning Guide Assessment Tool 

Click here to download each of the data sheets. Please email Elo Chaparro at echaparro@ncjfcj.org to request assistance in identifying data that you might have already have access to and also identify in which you can use your data. Please contact us with any data questions you may have.  

Webinar:  Evaluation in Juvenile Drug Court presented by Lloyd Goldsamt, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Institute for International Research at Risk at the NDR, focuses on improving access to evidence-based treatment, program outcomes, system change implementation, fidelity to the JDTC model and other performance indicators in order to develop a set of implementation guidelines for the JDTC field. To view this webinar, please click here

Things to Consider

  • The juvenile drug treatment court maintains a standardized database.
  • The data collected include:  number of past and current participants; number of youth admitted, non-admits, graduates, terminations; random drug testing dates and results; general treatment compliance and completion/termination data; application and use of incentives and sanctions.
  • The JDTC engages in ongoing monitoring of program components (such as this exercise) to correct for drift.
  • The stakeholders and agency directors provide oversight on the types of data to be collected and analyzed.
  • The youth and parents are given the opportunity to provide feedback on the JDTC program (i.e., exit interviews, focus groups, and individualized meetings), and the team considers the information.