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Evidence Based Practices

The National Institute of Corrections defines evidence-based practice (EBP) as the objective, balanced, and responsible use of current research and the best available data to guide policy and practice decisions, such that outcomes for consumers are improved. Used originally in the health care and social science fields, evidence-based practice focuses on approaches demonstrated to be effective through empirical research rather than through anecdote or professional experience alone.

The Probation Department began utilizing evidence-based practices (EBP) in 1998. Research has shown that when probation, parole, and community corrections programs are evidence-based organizations, they are more likely to be successful in reducing recidivism. However, using evidence-based programs and practices alone does not make an organization an “evidence-based organization.”  The Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) requires that all programs receiving DOC grant funding shall use such funds to support an evidence-based practices organization as described in Mark Carey'sBuilding and Sustaining an EBP Organization” audit tool.  The Community Corrections division of the Department is audited by the DOC with this audit tool to determine if the organization is utilizing programs and conducting business according to policies and procedures that could be demonstrated by research to be effective in reducing offender recidivism.

EBP organizations must do such things as: complete validated risk assessments on all offenders; train staff to effectively communicate with offenders (motivational interviewing, finding what motivates the individual offender); offer a continuum of programming especially cognitive behavioral programs which research validates are successful in reducing risk of recidivism; and measure effectiveness of programming/practices through continuous quality improvement (CQI).

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Community Corrections Office
405 W 7th
Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404
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  • Phone: (812) 349-2000
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    Monday - Thursday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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