Publications

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
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
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
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
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
The State of Juvenile Dependency Court Research: Implications for Practice and Policy
December 1, 2008
In 2007, the California Administrative Office of the Court's Center for Families, Children and the Courts contracted with the PPCD to conduct a research review to determine the current state of research involving juvenile dependency courts. This Brief presents an overview of the findings of that research, including identification of several promising research projects. More