Criteria for the Design and Evaluation of Juvenile Justice Reform Programmes

Summary: The IPJJ is proud to announce its new publication entitled Criteria for the Design and Evaluation of Juvenile Justice Reform Programmes. Conscious of the fact that no common definition existed for good practices in juvenile justice and that the impact of reform efforts was often difficult to assess, the Panel started developing a set of joint criteria for evaluating juvenile justice programmes and programming technical assistance activities.

The Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice has identified the need to provide reliable evidence based on which comprehensive and successful juvenile justice reforms can be developed. In 1997, the Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 1997/30, requested the Panel to facilitate the identification of common problems, the compilation of examples of good practices and the analysis of shared experiences and needs, which in turn would lead to a more strategic approach to needs assessment and to effective proposals for action. Given the paucity of evaluation data on best practices, the Panel decided to develop a set of common criteria for the design and evaluation of juvenile justice programmes and the identification of good practices, based on the rights of the child as defined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international norms and standards. The resulting criteria are presented in the hope that they will provide some useful guidance in programme development and evaluation.

The criteria presented here were developed by Yvon Dandurand (University of the Fraser Valley, Canada), based on consultations with representatives of Panel member agencies about their programme evaluation objectives and their past experience in attempting to evaluate juvenile justice programmes and identify good practices.The project was guided by the Panel Steering Committee and benefited from the contributions and feedback of the following individuals and agencies: Ileana Bello (Defence for Children International), Judge Andrew Becroft (International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates), Bernard Boëton (Foundation Terre des hommes–child relief), Dr. Karin Bruckmüller (University of Vienna), Vivienne Chin (International Centre for Criminal Law Reform), Anna Giudice Saget (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), Anne Grandjean (United Nations Children’s Fund), Kendra Gregson (United Nations Children’s Fund), Jean-Claude Legrand (United Nations Children’s Fund), JosephMoyerson (International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates), DaviniaOvett Bondi (Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice), Ignacio Packer (Foundation Terre des hommes–child relief), Nikhil Roy (Penal Reform International), Jean Schmitz (Foundation Terre des hommes–child relief), Mia Spolander (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), Diane Swales (United Nations Children’s Fund), Benoît Van Keirsblick (Defence for Children International), Anna Volz (Defence for Children International) and Terry Waterhouse (Global Development Institute of the University of the Fraser Valley).

This document is endorsed by the following members of the Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice:

Defence for Children International

International Association of Youth and Family Judges and MagistratesFoundation

Terre des hommes–child relief

International Juvenile Justice Observatory

Penal Reform International

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Children’s Fund

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

World Organization Against Torture

It is open to use and endorsement by other organizations.



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