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The following article presents the principles of effective evidence-based intervention. Topics discussed include discussing what evidence-based practice (EBP) is; term clarification; and eight principles for effective interventions: 1) assess actuarial risk/needs, 2) enhance intrinsic motivation, 3) target interventions, 4) skill train with directed practice, 5) increase positive reinforcement, 6) engage ongoing support in natural communities, 7) measure relevant processes/practices, and 8) provide measurement feedback). Furthermore, this article discusses components of correctional interventions, the implementation of EBP principles, how to apply the principles at the case, agency, and system levels, seven recommended strategies for implementing effective interventions, and finally, levels of research evidence.
Virgina Department of Criminal Justice offers several useful documents that define and discuss the topic of evidence based practice, as well as specific suggestions for assessment, motivating offenders to change, and specific treatments. These documents include:
Other Implementation Tools:
Operational definitions of the program elements for EBP, including people, programs, and outcomes.
Links to Indiana Department of Correction documents and reports that support community correction workers with data management.