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Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Assessment Validation
NCCD CEO Kathy Park presented a certificate of validation to Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Commissioner Avery Niles (pictured at left, with Park) for DJJ’s Pre-Dispositional Risk Assessment for 2017–2020. Park and the rest of the NCCD project team were onsite in Georgia in March to wrap up the risk assessment validation project.    
Systems Thinking in Juvenile Justice Blog
“Systems thinking” is a way to understand how worker actions in one part of a system interact with those in another part. When understanding is lacking across a system, well-intentioned interventions may not be effective. However, when systems thinking is applied, outcomes may improve.

NCCD researcher Katie Nachman, MSW, (pictured, left) and other collaborators have written a series of blog posts that examines systems thinking in juvenile justice. To read the blog series, which NCCD is in the midst of publishing on our website, click here.
NCCD Partnerships Reach Across Miles and Time
Chien-Jen Chiang brought his family to Wisconsin—and NCCD’s offices—for spring break. Pictured at left with NCCD Associate Director Jennifer Cotter, Chien-Jen worked with the project team that customized and trained NCCD’s Structured Decision Making® safety assessment for use in child protection work in Taiwan. Since then, he has moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he is a doctoral student in social work.
New Articles From the CJ Project
The CJ Project, a special reporting project aimed at increasing knowledge and investigative skills in the field of criminal and juvenile justice journalism, has produced its first two published articles. Both written by CJ Project journalist Mary Hudetz, (pictured, left) the first article examines the death of a Navajo Nation police officer and the challenges officers face policing such a vast territory and another describes the conditions of solitary confinement in New Mexico.  
The CJ Project is a collaboration of NCCD, the Asian American Journalists Association, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Deirdre O’Connor, NCCD’s associate director for strategic initiatives, manages the project for NCCD. To read Hudetz’s articles click here and here. To read more about the CJ Project collaboration click here.
NCCD Staff to Present at JDAI Conference
Two NCCD staff members are slated to present at the 23rd Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Inter-Site Conference, April 17–19, in Orlando, Florida. This by-invitation event, hosted by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, will bring together more than 900 juvenile justice policymakers and practitioners for more than 40 workshops. Julie Halverson, NCCD associate director of research and analysis, will present on using data to tell stories in her workshop titled “Effective Communication Strategies and Tools.” Erin Manske, NCCD researcher, (pictured, left) will speak on turning data into action in a workshop titled “Practitioners and Data Scientists: A Love Story.”
Along with offering a multitude of learning opportunities, this conference marks the 25th anniversary of JDAI.
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