Virginia Department of Corrections
The VA-DOC is moving forward with evidence-based practice (EBP) implementation throughout community corrections. To do so, the VA-DOC team and Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) researchers (Drs. Faye Taxman and Danielle Rudes) conducted several strategic planning sessions to: 1) consider which components of EBP supervision are most important; 2) identify the organizational steps needed to advance EBP implementation; 3) discuss ways of providing a balanced approach to offender supervision across the districts and build the infrastructure to support EBP implementation, and 4) outline an aggressive plan to move all 43 districts forward. At present, ACE! researchers are developing a survey instrument to collect data on organizational readiness for change, organizational culture, knowledge and acceptance of EBPs and the like from VA's community corrections' officers, supervisors and staff. This information will provide a valuable look inside these influential reentry organizations while helping both ACE! and the VA-DOC decide on next steps for EBP implementation and sustainability.