National Institute of Corrections: Eight Evidence-based Principles for Effective Interventions

  1. Assess Actuarial Risk
  2. Enhance Intrinsic Motivation
  3. Target Interventions
    1. Risk Principle: Prioritize supervision and treatment resources for higher risk offenders
    2. Need Principle: Target interventions to criminogenic needs
    3. Responsivity Principle: Be responsive to temperament, learning style, motivation, culture, and gender when assigning programs
    4. Dosage: Structure 40-70% of high-risk offenders’ time for 3-9 months
    5. Treatment: Integrate treatment into the full sentence/sanction requirements
  4. Skill Train with Directed Practice (use Cognitive Behavioral treatment methods)
  5. Increase Positive Reinforcement
  6. Engage Ongoing Support in Natural Communities
  7. Measure Relevant Processes/Practices
  8. Provide Measurement Feedback

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