Publications

Washington Workload Site Assessment: Spokane
Washington Workload Site Assessment: Spokane
August 31, 2011
In partnership with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, the NCJFCJ conducted a judicial workload assessment in Washington State. The assessment identified Spokane County as having adequate judicial resources to meet current workload demands and conduct thorough hearings. This report offers a more in-depth examination of Spokane’s court practices such as a unique one family, one...More
Judicial Workload in Washington State
Judicial Workload in Washington State
August 31, 2011
This report utilizes a new juvenile dependency judicial workload calculation to generate an estimate of current judicial resources and judicial resource needs in each jurisdiction in Washington state. Researchers found that the majority of Washington's courts are in need of more judicial resources in order to conduct thorough hearings.  More
Evaluation of the Parents for Parents Program in King County, Washington
Evaluation of the Parents for Parents Program in King County, Washington
July 8, 2011
This process evaluation of the King County Parents for Parents Program (P4P) examines the program’s efficacy and suggests areas for continued improvement. The evaluation has five objectives: describe the components of the P4P; describe the participants in the P4P; examine parental perceptions of the overall dependency process before and after; dependency 101; consider potential areas of...More
King County Mediation Program Assessment: Phase II
King County Mediation Program Assessment: Phase II
July 6, 2011
This assessment builds on a previous study of King County’s Mediation Pilot program (which can be found here). The current study expands upon earlier findings by adding additional cases to the sample and following cases through the permanency hearing and case closure (when applicable) to examine the long‐term effects. Findings indicate that: mediation increases timeliness of early case processing...More
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care, 2011
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care, 2011
May 1, 2011
The NCJFCJ recently released a Technical Assistance Bulletin which identifies the disproportionality rates for all states and select Model Courts across the country. Utilizing 2009 Adoption and Foster Care Reporting System (AFCARS) and 2010 census data, the Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletin provides the most current estimates of racial...More
The NIS-4: What It All Means (and doesn't mean)
The NIS-4: What It All Means (and doesn't mean)
April 1, 2011
This Technical Assistance Brief summarizes the findings from the most recent iteration of the National Incidence Study (NIS-4) and examines some of the differences from previous iterations, considers the implications of the study and these differences, and offers some practical conclusions for courts and judges. The overall purpose of this Brief is to offer guidance on understanding the meaning...More
Right from the Start: The Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard Study Report -- Testing a Tool for Judicial Decision-Making
Right from the Start: The Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard Study Report -- Testing a Tool for Judicial Decision-Making
March 1, 2011
The report details positive qualitative and quantitative results when using the guidelines outlined in the Benchcard. Development of this Benchcard grew out of a national initiative, Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care (CCC). This report shows that children who are removed from their parents for abuse or neglect allegations experience better outcomes when judges...More
Judicial Workload in Washington State Dependency Cases
Judicial Workload in Washington State Dependency Cases
December 15, 2010
In 2007, the NCJFCJ partnered with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts to begin conducting a multi-year assessment of juvenile dependency practice (Washington Workload Study). The goal of the project was to assess judicial workload and inform best practice implementation in dependency cases in the State of Washington. This report provides a detailed summary of findings from the...More
Measuring Judicial Work in Dependency Cases: Lessons Learned from Washington State
Measuring Judicial Work in Dependency Cases: Lessons Learned from Washington State
October 1, 2010
This Technical Assistance Brief details the research design and the ground-breaking methodology used to measure judicial workload in King, Spokane, and Mason Counties, and also provides an initial snapshot of workload findings. More
Creating Judicial-Academic Partnerships: An Efficient Way to Leverage Resources for Evaluation
Creating Judicial-Academic Partnerships: An Efficient Way to Leverage Resources for Evaluation
September 1, 2010
This Technical Assistance Brief outlines the steps courts can take to partner with academic researchers to conduct evaluations of practice and programs. Courts may not have the resources to conduct rigorous evaluations; academic partnerships can help courts meet their evaluation needs. Many academic researchers are interested in court-based research, and judicial-academic partnerships can allow...More