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Coalition for Evidence-Based Programs is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, whose mission is to increase government effectiveness through rigorous evidence about “what works.” The Coalition has no affiliation with any programs or program.

KIDS COUNT Data Center is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data, and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.

No Place for Kids is a report commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that assembles a vast array of juvenile crime statistics and other evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn’t work. This report also shows that many states have substantially reduced their juvenile correctional facility populations in recent years and have seen no resulting increase in juvenile crime rates or violence.

Wilkes University Kids for Cash MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), provides information to empower kids to better handle difficult situations in school and help adults make changes in the way behavioral issues are handled at home, in schools, and in the juvenile justice system. Pennsylvania’s leading provider of graduate teacher education, Wilkes University is proud to have supported the making of the documentary film Kids for Cash.

FBI Arrest Statistics provides access to juvenile arrest statistics for 29 detailed offense categories at the national, state, and county level. Users can select displays based on counts or rates for juveniles, adults, or all ages combined.

Education Under Arrest is a report written by the Justice Policy Institute whose mission is to reduce the use of incarceration and the justice system and promote policies that improve the well-being of all people and communities.

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development brings together researchers, program designers, community leaders and advocates, policy-makers, practitioners and funders to learn about evidence-based youth development programs. They also provide information on evidence-based programs and guidance and tools to help consumers implement these programs successfully.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders—their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth’s world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families.

Functional Family Therapy (FTT) is a short-term, high quality intervention program with an average of 12 sessions over a 3-4 month period. Services are conducted in both clinic and home settings, and can also be provided in a variety of settings including schools, child welfare facilities, probation and parole offices/aftercare systems, and mental health facilities.