EBP Stakeholder Resources
- CCAPPOAP and PPCJI have compiled a comprehensive set of resources for practitioners and stakeholders to assist with understanding and implementing EBP. We work closely with subject matter experts to bring you the latest EBP research so that you can easily implement EBP in your jurisdiction. We encourage you to use the EBP Stakeholder Resources section of the website to be your go-to source for the EBP implementation initiative in Pennsylvania. The following resources are available:
- EBP Briefs
- PPCJI Newsletter Archive
- In-Depth EBP Information
EBP and PPCJI Overview
What is EBP?
- Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the application of science into operational practice for services and programs for offenders. The goal is to use practices that have been empirically tested and have been shown to reduce recidivism.
- Based on numerous studies and meta-analyses of rehabilitation programs, researchers have outlined a set of principles to guide the implementation of EBP.
- The evidence-based principles for effective services and interventions are:
- Conduct an assessment of risk and needs using an actuarial instrument and determine the drivers of criminal behavior;
- Enhance intrinsic motivation through the use of constructive communication techniques, such as motivational interviewing and goal setting;
- Apply risk, need, and responsivity principles (i.e., target people that are high-risk, focus on changing criminogenic factors, provide services that match needs.) provide the appropriate dosage of services; and, deliver treatment and other services as part of the sentencing and sanctioning process;
- Employ programs and practices grounded in scientific evidence (i.e., cognitive behavioral therapy) and delivered by trained staff
- Utilize community support networks to reinforce pro-social behaviors and help people establish prosocial contacts in the community
- Routinely monitor and assess offender outcomes and staff performance.
What is PPCJI?
- The Pennsylvania Partnership for Criminal Justice Improvement (PPCJI) is a collaborative effort to improve community well-being by employing research-informed practices at each decision point throughout the criminal justice system. It commenced with the formation of the EBP Leadership Team consisting of many key stakeholders in PA’s criminal justice system including representatives from: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), Department of Corrections (DOC), Pennsylvania Parole Board (PPB), Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, Office of Victim Advocate (OVA), as well as several county chief probation officers.
- Background Information
- In late 2017, the Chiefs Association was successful in receiving initial grant funds to begin the rollout of EBP training and technical assistance to interested counties. Most recently, the Chiefs Association contracted with a consultant to assist with EBP/PPCJI expansion, training, and support.
- PPCJI Has Accomplished Several Activities Including:
- Development of the Pennsylvania Adult Probation and Parole Evidence-Based Practices Strategic Plan.
- Selection of two validated, actuarial risk/need tools (ORAS and LS/CMI), supported across the state.
- Publication of a blueprint for EBP Implementation.
- Development of a clear definition of recidivism and a plan to promote its consistent use.
- Roll out of an EBP training plan including certified motivational interviewing processes.