Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol

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Join us at the annual American Society of Criminology Meetings in November 2016!

We will have two Panels on Wednesday 11/16/16 that focus on our
SPEP work in the U.S. and Australia:

 9:30-10:50am:  SPEP & Improving Juvenile Justice Outcomes (Grand Ballroom A, 1st level)

11:00-12:20pm:  SPEP & The Road to Reform (Grand Salon 19, 1st level)

See you in New Orleans!


Congratulations to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

training class of SPEP specialists


(August 2016)


Useful video summary of meta-analysis and it was used to
develop the SPEP Process


Click to visit “Using meta-analysis to improve the effectiveness of youth justice.”
Dr. Gabrielle Lynn Chapman, Queensland, Australia (May 2016)

A video summarizing how SPEP fits into the larger
Juvenile Justice Reform Process


Click to visit “The foundations of an evidence-based youth justice system.”
Dr. Mark W. Lipsey, Queensland, Australia (May 2016)


Welcome to our Queensland SPEPers!


First SPEP training class in Australia (June 2016)


Three new SPEP trainers in Milwaukee!


Pictured: Kelly Pethke, De Shell Parker, Melissa Graham (October 2015)



CONGRATULATIONS to the first class of SPEP trainers!

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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