Changing Systems

Jeffrey A. Butts and John Roman (2007). Changing Systems: Outcomes from the RWJF Initiative on Juvenile Justice and Substance Abuse. Portland, OR: Reclaiming Futures National Program Office.

As part of a national evaluation, the Urban Institute and Chapin Hall conducted biannual surveys in each community participating in the Reclaiming Futures initiative. The findings suggests that Reclaiming Futures is a promising strategy for improving substance abuse interventions for youthful offenders. The results of the surveys suggest that the Reclaiming Futures initiative generated many positive changes in the ten demonstration communities. All but one of the thirteen indices of systemic change showed significant improvements between the first and sixth survey. The largest improvements were registered for the Treatment Effectiveness index (growing from 0.3 to 2.8 between 2003 and 2006), the AOD Assessment index (rising from 2.6 to 4.7), the index measuring the use of Pro-social Activities for youth (climbing from -0.2 to 1.8), and the Data Sharing index (growing from 0.3 to 2.0).