Juvenile Court

Posted on: August 13, 2015

The Real Narrator in the Lucas County Story: Data

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How am I going to do this? I stared at the Excel spreadsheets glaring back at me from my computer monitor and the chicken-scratch notes I had scrawled across three different legal pads. I pushed back from my desk and took a deep breath. What’s the right way to tell our story?

If I were to share this moment in a formal way, I would say I was completing the system assessment for the first year of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) “deep-end data analysis.” I spent months collecting, analyzing, and reviewing qualitative and quantitative data on dispositional decision making in Lucas County, Ohio—a deep-end pilot site for JDAI. I would say that I was preparing to review the findings with county administrative and judicial leaders, presenting areas of strengths and opportunity in the continuum of care to reduce out-of-home placements for youth. ....

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