JJEEPJuvenile Justice Educational Enhancement Program (Florida State University Center For Criminology and Public Policy Research; Tallahassee, FL)
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To begin implementation of the research, JJEEP identified from the prior literature some of the most promising practices in juvenile justice education, reserving the overused term "best practices" for those relatively few concepts and methods that were found to be effective based on empirical research.
Recognizing that these concepts represent promising practices that have yet to undergo rigorous research and evaluation, JJEEP has implemented an ongoing research strategy that addresses each of these concepts in an effort to validate these promising practices as best practices that can be disseminated throughout Florida or the nation.
To date, JJEEP's preliminary research findings document that the juvenile justice educational programs receiving the highest quality assurance scores have the highest proportion of promising or best practices, with the middle-scoring programs having fewer promising or best practices, and the low-scoring programs having the Least of such practices.
After three years of operation, JJEEP has experienced growing support from both public and private juvenile justice education program providers, teachers, related state agencies and the Legislature.
Another noteworthy activity initiated by JJEEP was the 1999 establishment of the Annual Florida Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year Award.