Metrics of success: A mixed-methods evaluation of outcome metrics in community-based programming for juvenile justice system involved youth


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Youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system are often referred to community-based programs (CBPs) in order to minimize youth incarceration and deter future recidivism. However, to date there has been no comprehensive evaluation of what outcomes CBPs measure and, by extension, what it takes for youth in CBPs to "succeed”. The current study is a systematic review ofCBP evaluation literature which explores variation in these outcome metrics across multiple domains.Variation was assessed using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.Results indicate that success in CBPs is measured by a range of youth outcomes which, to some extent, varies based on characteristics of the program and the youth who are in the program. Implications for intervention development and evaluation are discussed.