San Mateo County Probation Department Achieves Distinction as a Certified Evidence Based Organization


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ATLANTA, July 29, 2015 --

The Evidence Based Professionals Society and Joyfields Institute for Professional Development jointly announced today that the San Mateo County Probation Departmenttoday has achieved the provisional certification requirements for becoming an Evidence Based Organization. To earn this distinction, the agency underwent months of in-depth self-assessment, external evaluation and implementation of evidence based approaches to enhance delivery of services and care to its clients and staff.

Certified Evidence Based Organizations (CEBO) are recognized for abilities and accomplishments they demonstrate in the area of evidence based policies, programs, and practices. The certification process examines five areas at these organizations;

  • 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
  • Building capacity and sustainability

Sobem Nwoko, President, Joyfields Institute and Founder of the EBP Society said, “The very idea of assessing oneself although exciting can be daunting for the individual, let alone a large and very visible organization.  We congratulate the department on this milestone as they demonstrate a commitment to delivering best-in-class services and support staff and customers expect and should receive".

In a statement Chief John Keene said, "I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to the Joyfields Institute. President Sobem Nwoko and Dr. David Myers are acknowledged leaders in the world of Evidence Based approaches. We here at the San Mateo County Probation Department are confident that, with President Nwoko and Dr. Myers' assistance, we are well on the road to becoming an industry leader in Community Corrections."

Mr. Nwoko further stated, ‘...employees of any organization and their customers seeking supports and services, voluntarily or otherwise, can expect practices that are best in class and proven.  The evidence tells us the team at San Mateo County Probation Department is such an organization and the county should be proud to have such an organization serving its citizens.”

EBP Society certification programs provide an outstanding opportunity for organizations and their staff to enhance their evidence based approaches, culture and proficiencies - all in a continuing effort to provide exceptional service to staff and clients”

About San Mateo County Probation Department

The mission of the San Mateo County Probation Department is to enhance community safety, reduce crime, and assist the victims of crime through offender accountability and rehabilitation. We accomplish our mission by striving to achieve the following goals:

  • On an ongoing basis, enhance, maintain, and deliver a high level of innovative and quality services and programs.
  • Continue to use evidence based assessment tools to supervise offenders according to risk level.
  • On an ongoing basis, advance communication and collaboration, internally and with partners.
  • Become a certified evidence based organization.
  • Enhance and expand victims' services and the restoration of victims.

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About EBP Society

EBP Society is the Society for Evidence based Organizations and Professionals. The society helps build capacity and enhance the careers of organizations and professionals in the human and social services fields by promoting adoption of evidence based and strength-centered approaches everywhere, providing efficient access to evidence based education and resources, and facilitating professional certification in Evidence Based and Strength-Centered expertise.

Its membership are organizations and professionals dedicated to evidencec based and strength-centered practices, programs and policies. Learn more at

About Joyfields Institute for Professional Development

Joyfields Institute standardized Evidence based & Strength-centered programs and supports training and performance evaluation through its workshops, conferences and webcasts. Later it created EBP Society, the community for evidence based professionals and organizations.  These individuals and companies demonstrate a commitment to the evidence based movement.

In 2015 the institute introduced EvalMeasures Software, designed to help professionals gather, evaluate and report data to sustain work they do.  Learn more at


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