New Paper Outlines Research Agenda to Address Needs of Dual-System Youth

New Paper Outlines Research Agenda to Address Needs of Dual-System Youth

June 10, 2024 | Evident Change

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Evident Change and the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab at Drexel University have co-authored a new paper titled “At the Intersection of Child Welfare and Juvenile Legal System Involvement: Research Strategies for Policy and Practice Change.” The paper outlines a research agenda to address the needs and challenges experienced by dual-system youth: young people who become involved in both the child welfare and juvenile legal systems.

The paper is a direct result of a unique convening of experts—people with lived expertise in systems, researchers, funders, advocates, and practitioners. During the November 2023 convening, participants worked together to surface themes around challenges in the field, potential solutions, recommendations for future research, and resources that will be required to make and sustain progress.

The paper outlines these findings, with a focus on the critical role of individuals with lived expertise, as well as the need for meaningful cross-sector collaboration, to understand and prevent dual-system youth involvement.

A short “highlights” brief, which includes a link to the full paper, is also available.

The convening and paper were supported through generous funding from the William T. Grant Foundation and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. We also extend a special thanks to the convening advisory committee: Hernán Carvente-Martinez, Dr. Denise Herz, Dr. Giza Lopes, and Mark Soler.