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Issue Briefs

A collection of reports and issue briefs focusing on the improvement efforts of Performance-based Standards.

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PbS Perspective July 2017 PbS Perspective July 2017 provides a snapshot of data from the April 2017 collection in areas related to family engagement.
PbS Perspective January 2017 PbS Perspective January 2017 provides a snapshot of data from the October 2016 collection in areas research shows impact education and recidivism outcomes.
Using PbS Data and New Resources to Prevent and Monitor Sexual Victimization and Harassment This issue brief looks at PbS data, tools developed in partnership with Greene County Detention Center in Missouri and the next steps for PbS in resource development connecting PbS data and processes with the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.
What Youths Say Matters: A Historical Look This issue brief compares the perceptions of youths on facility experiences from Youth Climate Survey responses from October 2010 and April 2016. Topics include living conditions, facility programming, fairness and safety, relationships with staff, connectedness with family and preparedness to return to the community.
PbS Perspective July 2016 PbS Perspective July 2016 provides a snapshot of data from the April 2016 collection in areas of safety and positive adolescent development.
PbS Perspective January 2016 PbS Perspective January 2016 provides a snapshot of data from the October 2015 collection in areas research shows impact the safety and healthy development of youths.
Measuring Positive Youth Development This issue brief provides aggregate data on selected outcome measures relating to positive youth development.
PbS Perspective July 2015 PbS Perspective July 2015 provides a snapshot of data from the April 2015 collection in areas research shows impact the safety and healthy development of youths.
What Youths, Staff and Families Say about Community-based Programs This issue brief explores the perceptions of youths, staff and families regarding community-based programs including safety, fairness, staff-youth relations and service/treatment plans.
PbS Perspective January 2015 PbS Perspective January 2015 provides a snapshot of data from the October 2014 collection in areas research shows impact the safety and healthy development of youths.
First Step to Integrate Trauma-Informed Care Updated Dec. 3, 2014. PbS and its partners launched an initiative to integrate trauma-informed care into PbS for all participants. This issue brief explains the initiative and presents the results of the first step completed in April 2014: asking youths about their experiences and perceptions of being treated using trauma-informed practices.
Staff Perceptions This issue brief explores the importance of staff perceptions and staff-youth relationships; staff provide another critical level of understanding to what makes a facility successful at rehabilitating youths.
Family-Youth Initiative This research brief focuses on the importance of family engagement in youths’ experience in the facility and their reintegration into society. The report introduces the Family-youth Initiative, a collaboration between PbS and the Family Justice Program of the Vera Institute of Justice, and discusses survey results from family members and social supports as well as youth and staff perspectives about family engagement.
What Youths Say Matters Research has shown that when youths have a generally positive experience in a facility, they are more likely to return to the community and not return to crime. This reports shows the information and outcomes PbS provides about youths' experiences in facilities and the practices and perceptions that can be addressed to improve youths' experiences and impact recidivism.
Reducing Isolation and Room Confinement A report showing participating PbS facilities have worked to cut in half the time youths are isolated and confined to their rooms. Research has shown the practice to be dangerous, ineffective in managing youths' behavior and increases youths' risk for suicide.
Data Primer This brief article speaks to the integrity of PbS data and how PbS addresses data quality through training, technology and verification. The document also explains some of the PbS methodology in collecting statistical samples to derive at report averages and rates.
Mapping Performance-based Standards and Civil Rights Investigations This research brief summarizes an analysis of the Performance-based Standards (PbS) standards, expected practices and outcome measures to the criteria used in Department of Justice CRIPA investigations over a 10-year period and concludes PbS is an effective program to prevent dangerous incidents that can lead to civil rights violations and investigations.
Preventing and Monitoring Sexual Victimization Effective and sustainable prevention of sexual victimization requires a holistic approach, as provided by PbS' comprehensive standards and measures monitoring facility safety, culture, staff-youth relationships and daily activities. PbS is pleased to share a new issue brief entitled: Preventing and Monitoring Sexual Victimization to connect PbS' data and processes with requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards mandating zero-tolerance for sexual victimization.