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Gender Responsive Interventions in the Era of Evidence-Based Practice: A Consumer’s Guide to Understanding Research
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Gender Responsive InterventionsThis monograph, authored by Patricia Van Voorhis, underscores the "need for policymakers and practitioners to understand the fundamentals of research in order to guide their work with justice involved women. This means being informed about existing research (i.e., findings from both gender neutral and gender responsive research) and understanding how studies are conducted (e.g., sample sizes, outcome measures). It also means being astute designers of studies they wish to conduct within their own agencies and ensuring – through the collection and evaluation of their own data – that policies, programs, and practices (i.e., the use of assessments) are being implemented with fidelity and achieving their intended outcomes."

The monograph is organized into four sections:

  • Qualitative population profiles: Early studies that provided information about the characteristics and needs of female offenders.
  • Risk assessment or prediction studies: Studies involving the construction of risk/needs assessments such as the Women’s Risk/Needs Assessment (Van Voorhis, Wright, Salisbury, & Bauman, 2010) that indicate the needs that are statistically correlated with recidivism for women.
  • Evaluation studies: Studies of correctional interventions designed to treat and ameliorate a variety of offender needs. The fundamental question addressed by these studies is whether the intervention effectively addressed or stabilized a problem and, if so, if the improvement led to reductions in recidivism.
  • Meta-analyses: Studies that combine the findings from many independent studies. Because of an historical lack of women-only studies, metaanalyses of gender responsive studies have only just begun as an increasing number of rigorous gender responsive studies become available (see Gobeil et al., 2016).

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Posted Tue, Jun 21 2016 8:15 AM by Susan Powell


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