In the monthly meeting of the Ashe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, the board members were updated on Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) practices.
The update is being done before the board is presented with proposals by groups that want funding from the council to help juveniles in the county.
“(SPEP) is a tool that is used by programs to assess whether their program is matching the requirements in their research,” said Linda Graney, a JCPC area consultant for North Carolina.
Graney said there were four major elements that SPEP research demonstrates reduces recidivism among youth. They are: the type of service provided, the quality of service provided, the amount of service and risk levels.
“Programs will be trained in the late spring or early summer to help assess risk youth to make a risk score,” she said.
The JCPC chair Grier Hurley said the board will start looking at more evidence-driven programs to provide funding, which is provided mostly by the state.
“As times are still tough, (the state) wants to be assured that the money we are spending is helping the kids,” Hurley said.
Graney said according to research, the most likely time for people to recivitate is within six months.
The SPEP project was initially developed at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
The programs will give their presentations at the JCPC’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 25. The Board will then decide which programs to give funding to at its April meeting.
Each group submitting a proposal will present a presentation lasting between 5 and 10 minutes, according to Hurley.
Of the groups the Ashe JCPC funds, the most recent addition was the PAIRS program three years ago. All of the groups funded have a SPEP with exception to Barium Springs, according to Graney.
In other action by the board:
• Council approved January minutes
• Received updates from different organizations used through the JCPC.
• Updates were given relating to monitoring reports. From the reports, recommendations were given to: Mediation, Project Challenge, PAIRS and Barium Springs.
• The next meeting of the ACJCPC will take place Tuesday, March 25.
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