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YAPfacts are periodic analyses of YAP client demographics and outcomes produced by the Research and Evaluation Center (R&E) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The R&E Center is an applied research organization that provides members of the academic community at John Jay College with opportunities to respond to the research needs of justice practitioners across the nation. The director of the Center is Dr. Jeffrey A. Butts.
Advanced Metrics analyzed data from the CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) assessment tool used in YAP's juvenile justice, child welfare, and truancy programs in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The CANS assessment tool evaluates how clients are progressing in a number of life domains, strengths, emotional needs and risk behaviors.
The following Advanced Metrics issue briefs highlight the impact on young people receiving YAP's services.
Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) has been measuring consumer outcomes since 2005. The current version of our entry and discharge surveys was implemented in 2008 and surveys administered at three, six and 12 months post discharge were implemented late in 2010.
YAP currently uses the same surveys on all individuals regardless of age or referral source. This is scheduled to change in 2014 as the agency expands our outcomes measurement to include specific populations such as adults, developmentally disabled individuals, individuals referred for legal issues and those referred for school issues.
Since implementation of the latest surveys, YAP has collected entry and discharge information on 41,948 people and post discharge on 7,814 unique individuals. In the two year period ending on June 30, 2013, YAP gathered entry and discharge information on 15,301 people and post discharge information on 5,282 unique individuals. The demographic and outcomes information that follows is based on those 15,301 discharged and 5,282 post discharge individuals.
Most of the outcomes definitions shown below were developed by YAP and some were jointly developed by YAP and The John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Those developed jointly will be denoted in the text.