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Progress Report: DJJ Prevention Makes Progress; More Analysis and Contract Monitoring Needed, Report No. 04-47, July 2004
 
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  • The Department of Juvenile Justice is requiring its providers of prevention programs to direct their efforts to high-risk youth from high-risk areas.  However, data is not yet available to determine if these targeting strategies are working. 
  • Although the department has taken steps to promote research-based programs to prevention grant applicants, it should restructure its application scoring process so that programs that receive state funding are required to be based on activities that research has proven to be effective.
  • Approximately 68% of state prevention funds are directed to contracts with The Florida Network, PACE, and Hurricane Island Outward Bound.  The department has not followed our recommendation to implement a formal process for monitoring by the Office of Prevention and Victim Services to ensure that the programmatic and fiscal requirements of these contracts are met.
  • The department should share information on its website about all the prevention activities it funds so that other entities will be aware of them and coordinate with them.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 02-62 Justification Review: Prevention and Victim Services Program Department of Juvenile Justice, published in November 2002.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Prevention and Victim Services
Department of Juvenile Justice

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-01 DJJ Should Better Identify At-Risk Youth, Use Proven Prevention Models, and Revise Funding Practices, published in February 2008.
  • Report No. 08-07 DJJ Should Better Identify At-Risk Youth, Use Proven Prevention Models, and Revise Funding Practices, published in February 2008.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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