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WCS Begins Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Committee

WCS instituted an Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Committee in April of 2012, whose mission is to empower and align the WCS workforce by implementing evidence-based practices with fidelity to promote positive behavioral change, reduce recidivism, and enhance our clients' quality of life. 

Evidence-Based practices are not new.  For decades, medical research has worked to identify practices that are proven to improve decision-making, lower risk to patients, increase efficacy of care, and, ultimately, save lives.  In the field of criminal justice, there is similar clinical research that demonstrates that some practices result in sustained, positive behavioral changes by offenders, which leads to a reduction of recidivism/re-offense and an improved quality of life.


The EBP Committee’s 18 members represent a critical cross-section of the organization and meet twice monthly to design and implement a framework of evidence-based practices with a high degree of continuous quality improvement (CQI).  The WCS framework follows the eight evidence-based principles for working with offenders that have been developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) of the U.S. Department of Justice:


1.  Assess Actuarial Risk and Need


2.  Enhance Intrinsic Motivation


3.  Target Interventions


4.  Skill Train [Clients] with Directed Practices


5.  Increase Positive Reinforcement


6.  Engage Ongoing Support in [the Client’s] Natural Community


7.  Measure Relevant Processes and Practices


8.  Provide Measurement Feedback [to Staff]