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Working with the crew in Queensland, June 2016.









Three new SPEP trainers in Milwaukee County!









Pennsylvania JCJC December 2015 Newsletter

Delaware’s efforts to improve outcomes for youth

Pictured: Nicole Mattern, Tracey Davies, Jeff Gregro, Gabrielle Chapman, Heather Perry, Shawn Peck, Lisa Freese Not Pictured: Maureen Raquet

PRI recently certified its first ever group of SPEP ™ Trainers. This group with members from the EPIS Center at Penn State and multiple Juvenile Probation Offices have implemented the SPEP ™ in several counties across the state. Throughout the process to implement the SPEP ™, they successfully completed both in-service trainings as well as in-field assignments.  This certification allows them to provide training and oversight to SPEP ™ Specialists as well as conduct all aspects of the SPEP ™ scoring process independently. Well Done!




About PRI and SPEP ™:

The SPEP ™ was developed by Dr. Mark Lipsey of the Peabody Research Institute (PRI). PRI's mission is to conduct research aimed at improving the effectiveness of programs for children, youth, and families. Using field research, program evaluation, and research synthesis (meta-analysis), our faculty and staff help determine which programs are actually making a difference in the lives of the people they serve. PRI research addresses many aspects of child and family programs, such as their implementation, costs, dissemination, and social or political support. But the main focus for all of our work is the effects of programs on children and families.


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