Quarterly for Evidence-Based Professionals

The EBP Quarterly - 2020 (Volume 5, Number 2)

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Traveling at 1000 Feet per Second with Unalterable Consequences: How to Decrease Police Officer-Involved Shootings

  • Penny Geyer
    University of New Haven

Actual Relief: A Call for the Better Implementation of Underutilized Rights Restoration Programs

  • Michelle A. Malone
    University of New Haven

Early Interventions: More Self-Control, Less Crime?

  • Young Wang
    University of New Haven

The Effectiveness and Future of Polygraph Testing

  • Michele Vittorio
    University of New Haven

EBP Quarterly Editor: David L. Myers, PhD, University of New Haven

Publisher: Joyfields Institute

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Traveling at 1000 Feet per Second with Unalterable Consequences: How to Decrease Police Officer-Involved Shootings

Penny Geyer, University of New Haven

In 2019, there were 1,004 individuals killed in police officer-involved shootings throughout the United States (Fatal Force, 2020). Aside from the person losing his/her life, the ripple effect that occurs from just one deadly force encounter is infinite. Consequences are experienced by the police officer who must live with the decision to take another human being’s life, to the families of those involved, and to the community at large. The purpose of this report is to present law enforcement agencies in the United States with several clear, concise, and evidenced-based approaches, which if implemented systematically can assist in the reduction of police officer-involved shootings.

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Actual Relief: A Call for the Better Implementation of Underutilized Rights Restoration Programs

Michelle A. Malone, University of New Haven

 

The legal restrictions imposed upon the accused and convicted create virtually indestructible barriers that prevent former offenders from successfully reentering society in a law-abiding, meaningful way.  Such restrictions sanction offenders by virtue of their mere contact with the criminal justice system, and then these impediments remain with them throughout their prosecution, ultimate conviction, and eventual reentry endeavors.  Consequently, these individuals are scarred permanently with the stigma of criminality, which greatly impedes opportunities for post-conviction success.  Although rights restoration programs have been promulgated federally and by states to mitigate these legal restrictions, inconsistencies in policy interpretation and implementation and their general underutilization renders policies highly ineffective at assisting and protecting former offenders.  This paper explores the collateral consequences of the legal restrictions that follow contact with the criminal justice system and recommends how best to improve and encourage participation in rights restoration programs. 

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The Effectiveness and Future of Polygraph Testing

Michele Vittorio, University of New Haven

 

The use of polygraphs in detecting deception is controversial, and there is no consensus in the scientific community about the effectiveness of this technology in identifying deceptive individuals during criminal investigations and employment screenings. The purpose of this paper is to present and evaluate different studies that analyzed the benefits and the shortcomings of the current applications of polygraphs in the United States, and to produce a recommendation based on their conclusions. According to the evidence and research reviewed, it appears appropriate to exclude currently available polygraph testing procedures from pre-employment screening and background investigations in both private and government organizations, and to confirm the non-admissibility of polygraph examinations in criminal courts. Furthermore, it is recommended to develop further research in this field, to improve the consistency, reliability, and testability of the different types and applications of polygraphs in different settings and situations.

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Early Interventions: More Self-Control, Less Crime?

Young Wang, University of New Haven

The purpose of this paper is to inform and advise policy makers and administrators about criminological knowledge regarding early interventions, their ability to improve self-control, and potential reduction in involvement with the criminal justice system. Topics assessed include funded research within criminal justice, criminological theory, best practices within education, and relevant experimental designs. Policy implications and research recommendations revolve around the need for randomized controlled trials of sufficient scope, which capture true differences in delinquency between youth who receive the intervention and those who do not. Cost-benefit analyses are recommended as the ultimate goal.

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Amid COVID-19 IBH Undeterred In Evidence-based Client Services

IBH Undeterred In Evidence-based Client Services Amid COVID-19

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Joyfields Institute News – August 14-2020 – Atlanta, GA - In a statement today, Joyfields Institute for Evidence Based Professionals announced that IBH Addiction Recovery Center of Akron, Ohio is taking bold steps undeterred in its efforts to deliver evidence-based and strength-centered services to their clients.

Since March the agency and staff has been undergoing the process of becoming certified as an evidence-based organization, leadership and as practitioners. Recently it completed (along with 4 other agencies in Summit County, Ohio) a third party driven internal self-assessment to determine steps it must take to enhance services it delivers using evidence-based approaches. Amid the challenges of COVID-19 the staff and its leadership have remained undeterred. The self-assessment resulted in an Evidence-Based Organizational (EBO) Report Card that is helping to guide its next steps.

IBH Executive Director, Jonathan Wylly commented saying, "The IBH Team is excited to work with Joyfield’s and our local county mental health and addiction authority (Summit County ADM Board) to further our goal of becoming a highly regarded and sought-after addiction treatment services agency."

In July its leadership participated in training, various capacity building, strategic and implementation action planning sessions revolving around becoming an evidence-based organization (EBO). IBH is building capacity around the five  areas defined within our evidence based organizational development program.

  • Knowledge and use of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices
  • Demonstrating of effective leadership
  • Organizational culture and assessment
  • Strategic planning, performance measurement, and program evaluation
  • Organizational capacity and sustainability

Later in August and September the entire IBH  direct care staff will undergo evidence-based practitioner training, skills building and coaching to also build capacity for providing evidence-based direct client services.

Mr. Wylly stated further that, "Going through the certification process is helping us tie together all our ongoing efforts to improve our performance as well as considering new practices for us to push harder."  

In a statement Joyfields Institute president, Sobem Nwoko congratulated the team on its "efforts to build staff and organizational capacity in proven methods essential for helping clients achieve success." He observed that the IBH team "is making it all happen in the midst of this pandemic. It is indicative of unrivaled commitment on their part. BRAVO! to IBH and its team of professionals"

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About Joyfields Institute

Joyfields Institute is the world's leading provider of evidence-based & strength-centered programs and supports training, implementation, and evaluation.

About IBH Addiction Recovery Center

IBH Addiction Recovery Center provides professional treatment services and peer support to “persons afflicted with alcohol and drug addiction so they have the opportunity to restore hope and gain skills for a lifetime of sobriety.” Learn more at http://ibh.org/

CONTACTS

Joyfields Institute
Sobem Nwoko, President
[email protected]
(678) 542-0038

IBH Addiction Recovery Center
Gayle Stckley, Director Quality & Performance Improvement
[email protected]
330-237-6882

 

 

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EB Professionals Monthly - August, 2020

"Do not let yesterday take up too much of today." - Will Rogers

Your EBP Monthly's here. Virtual reality take center-stage these days as the pandemic maintains a stranglehold on our discourse. This month we offer a couple articles to ponder.

FEATUREDChicago takes a stab at juvenile justice reform

NEWS ARTICLES

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ADM Board Pushes Through With Pilot Evaluation of Agencies it Oversees

ADM Board Completes Phase-1 of Evidence-Based Organizational (EBO) Development of County Service Providers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Joyfields Institute News – July 16, 2020 – Atlanta, GA - County of Summit ADM Board has completed a pilot program which evaluated county agencies the board oversees. The board worked with Joyfields Institute as an objective third party to assess work being done. Five service provider agencies voluntarily participated in the pilot.

Specifically the pilot examined the degree work being performance is evidence-based utilizing the Joyfields Institute's Evidence-Based Organization Report Card (EBORC). The EBORC process entails gathering data which is then analysed and utilized to report findings. The report focused on the five areas of evidence-based organizational development and effectiveness:

  1. Knowledge and use of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices.
  2. Demonstration of effective organizational leadership.
  3. Understanding of organizational culture and use of organizational assessment.
  4. Utilization of effective strategic planning, performance measurement, and program evaluation.
  5. Ongoing efforts to enhance organizational capacity and sustainability.

The report for each agency is comprehensive and included recommendations for improving in the five areas.

Sobem Nwoko, President, Joyfields Institute stated, "Report cards benefit agencies and especially their funders in different ways. As an example, agencies and their funders are able to use their report findings and recommendations to design funding strategies, and initiatives that are data-informed. It also places them in a position to make disbursements more efficient, agency specific for targeted capacity building, among others."

A cumulative report of the combined 5 pilot agencies was also produced for the ADM Board as part of the project.

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About Joyfields Institute
Joyfields Institute is the world's leading provider of evidence-based & strength-centered programs and supports training, implementation and evaluation. Learn more at www.joyfields.org

CONTACTS
Joyfields Institute
Sobem Nwoko, President 
[email protected] 
(678) 542-0038

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EB Pathways Conference & Masterclasses is Online This Fall

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NEWS FLASH! Whatever your're doing we urge you to pick up the pace!

Ok - a weak attempt at humor. Anyways we know the drill now- lets Get our momentum back. Keep adapting POWERFULLY. Our colleague David Myers says it best, "In a crisis those who are not evidence-based will struggle, and some may not survive". Dr. Myers is the author of the EBO Booklet, "Becoming An Evidence-Based Organization (EBO)".

If you aren't already, work toward being evidence-based. You will be placed in the  position to build capacity for adapting in rapidly evolving conditions - almost seamlessly.

Join us this October ONLINE at our upcoming fall event and learn how;

Evidence-Based "PATHWAYS" Conference & Masterclasses - ONLINE Event

October 21-30 | At Your Desktop or Smart Device

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EB Pathways Conference & Masterclasses is ONLINE This October

Join Us ONLINE for EB Pathways Conference & Masterclasses This October

EB Pathways Logo

NEWS FLASH! Whatever your're doing we urge you to pick up the pace!

Ok - a weak attempt at humor. Anyways we know the drill now- lets Get our momentum back. Keep adapting POWERFULLY. Our colleague David Myers says it best, "In a crisis those who are not evidence-based will struggle, and some may not survive". Dr. Myers is the author of the EBO Booklet, "Becoming An Evidence-Based Organization (EBO)".

If you aren't already, work toward being evidence-based. You will be placed in the  position to build capacity for adapting in rapidly evolving conditions - almost seamlessly.

Join us this October ONLINE at our upcoming fall event and learn how;

Evidence-Based "PATHWAYS" Conference & Masterclasses - ONLINE Event

October 21-30 | At Your Desktop or Smart Device

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