IACP Launches Youth Program Impact Toolkit for Law Enforcement

With diminishing resources an ever-increasing concern, a focus has been placed on “what works” in criminal justice services and programming. As a result, police departments are under pressure to provide evidence of program success to help prioritize resource allocation. While evaluation is a key step to determine the effectiveness of law enforcement youth programs and services, data availability often makes it difficult to demonstrate the impact of their programs.

To assist law enforcement in this process, the IACP, in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, has developed a Youth Program Impact Toolkit. The Toolkit will help law enforcement agencies outline key features of their youth programs, including goals, objectives, activities, and what data they need to show impact.

The Toolkit includes:

  • An overview of the impact evaluation process
  • An 8 step guide for impact evaluations
  • Sample youth-focused policing program diagrams
  • A customizable evaluation template

The Toolkit can be accessed through IACP’s Youth Focused Policing Resource Center.

Questions? Contact Kelly Burke at burkek@theiacp.org or 703-647-6830 or visit http://www.iacpyouth.org.