The goal of the study was to identify ways to help youth refrain from delinquency or misconduct and to succeed academically through intervention. A secondary goal was to help improve schoolwide safety and academic performance.
The project included an individual-level experimental design.
The individual-level impact evaluation included 863 youth who assented and consented to participate in the evaluation. All had some previous form of contact with law enforcement or the juvenile court. Using a block randomization procedure, 436 of the youth were assigned to the intervention condition and 427 to a "business as usual" control condition. Outcome measures were taken from school records and from delinquency records from the state department of juvenile justice. Data spanned the years 2014-2018.
All youth who were enrolled in a participating high school and who met the eligibility criterion (known police or juvenile court contact) were approached to participate.
Using a block randomization procedure (blocked by school and type of juvenile justice contact), 436 of the youth were assigned to the intervention condition and 427 to a "business as usual" control condition. Outcome measures were taken from school records and from official delinquency records from the state department of juvenile justice. Most measures were collected for the academic year prior to a youth's enrollment in the study, the academic year of the youth's enrollment, and, when available, the academic year following the youth's enrollment. For example, if a youth first enrolled in the study during the 2015-16 school year, data from the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years were collected for that youth. Data on juvenile justice contacts were collected for the year (365 days) before and the 90 days after the youth's enrollment in the program.
Adolescents attending the four study schools in Palm Beach, Florida, with police or juvenile court contact occurring between 2015 and 2018.
Florida's School District of Palm Beach County administrative records
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Data.dta (n=863; 118 variables): the individual-level dataset includes data from 863 youth who assented and consented to participate in the evaluation. Variables include program services, including intervention, academic, and attendance meeting information, attendance and dropout interventions, mental health counseling, substance abuse evaluation, and juvenile justice system contact.
Demographic variables include gender, race, school attended, number of unexcused absences, number of excused absences, calculated grade point average (GPA), suspension from school information, school disciplinary referral information, and type of student (i.e. diversion youth, intake youth, probation youth, juvenile first time offender, and turned over to school administration youth).