Baltimore City Drug Court Employment Enhancement Projects – Juvenile Program

Status: complete

NPC provided evaluation services for two Baltimore City drug court program enhancement programs, one for juveniles and the other for adults. These two employment augmentation programs are designed to directly impact three important challenges faced by drug court participants: program retention, post-program transition, and successful entry into the Baltimore City and Maryland job markets.

NPC Research used a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to monitor the implementation of the service enhancement and track performance indicators.

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake provided the arts experience, job readiness, and career exploration and support services (including case management) to youth referred from drug treatment court. NPC Research conducted key informant interviews, consulted with staff on the proper documentation of project design and activities, and collected and analyzed performance indicators. NPC Research also collaborated with project staff to identify future benchmarks and aspects that required improvement through the proposed interviews, enhancing the long-term planning required to ensure sustainability, and document all implementation stages so that juvenile drug courts would be able to replicate the program. NPC Research was responsible for reporting project implementation and research findings.

Project Team

Principal Investigator

Juliette Mackin, Ph.D.

Project Director

Tamara Perkins, Ph.D.