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The following are tools that have been developed by Dr. Faye Taxman, Dr. Danielle Rudes, or other members of the ACE! team for the purpose of guiding practitioners in the implementation of evidence-based practices. They address issues ranging from staff training to program monitoring.

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Moving knowledge about evidence-based practices (EBPs) from research into practice in the justice system is essential for improving both offender and system-level outcomes. The CJ-TRAK website is home to several decision-support tools designed to facilitate knowledge translation in the justice system.

  • The RNR Simulation Tool is designed to assist justice agencies in determining what forms of programming will be most effective in reducing recidivism and improving offender outcomes within their population. The tool is also designed to guide resource allocation and help criminal justice agencies identify service provision gaps. It is made up of three linkable portals that provide decision-support at the offender, program, and system level: Assess an Individual; The RNR Program Tool; and Assess Jurisdiction's Capacity. Used together, these tools can have a significant impact on recidivism at a system level.
  • SOARING 2 is an eLearning system designed to assist justice professionals in building skills associated with using evidence-based practices for the effective management of offenders. The system consists of five training modules: Risk-Need-Responsivity, Motivation and Engagement, Case Planning, Problem Solving, and Desistance. The modules focus on both knowledge and skill enhancement.
Tools of the Trade: A Guide to Implementing Science Into Practice

Funded through different initiatives with the National Institute of Corrections, the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and the University of Maryland's Bureau of Governmental Research (now Institute for Governmental Service and Research), Tools of the Trade makes research literature in the field accessible to all by translating research into strategies for practice. It functions as an on-site training tool and helps users understand core concepts with key exercises that apply the core concepts.

“Tools of the Trade: A Guide to Implementing Science Into Practice,” (with Eric Shepardson and James M. Byrne). National Institute of Corrections, Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, and Maryland, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections, 2004.

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Problem Solving Tools for Drug Court Professionals

Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in collaboration with: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Problem Solving Tools for Drug Court Professionals serves as a training manual to assist drug court (DC) teams to evaluate the usefulness and effectiveness of a DC participant’s treatment plan and progress. These guidelines are an introduction to a standard, easy to replicate and monitor method of gathering and critically evaluating information about the progress of the participant.

“Problem Solving Tools for Drug Court Professionals,” (with Peter F. Luongo, Jennifer Lerch, and Faye Taxman). Funded by NIDA with SAMHSA, CDC, NIAAA, BJA (NIDA U01 DA 16213). Fairfax, VA: George Mason University.

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Please contact ACE! at if you have questions about any the following curricula/resources:

“SOARING!! Offenders & Communities,” (with Elizabeth Katz). Richmond, VA: VCU.

“Step ‘n Out”: Behavioral Management for Probation and Parole,” (with Elizabeth Katz, Peter Friedmann, and others). CJ-DATS Protocol. Rhode Island: Brown University.

“Case Planning in a Contractual Mode: Applications for Probation and Parole Offices,” (with Dace Svikis, Lori Keyser-Marcus, and Diane Langhorst). Richmond, VA: VCU.

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