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Research and Information

The Research and Information Unit produces objective research and statistics to assist the Division, as well as the State, in making data driven decisions and identifying best practices. On a continual basis, the Unit gathers, analyzes, and publishes statistical information and research about the youth who are processed through the Juvenile Court system. This work varies from validation studies, trend analyses, capacity calculations, to performance measures and more. These pieces of work serve to inform the Division, various Court leadership, and at times the public, on matters related to juvenile justice activities funded by the State. It also guides policy, practice, and resource allocation. In addition, the Unit answers day-to-day statistical and research-related questions posed by leadership and other critical stakeholders, such as the Governor's Office and Legislature.


To accomplish all of these tasks, the Research Manager and Analysts utilize data from multiple systems - AZYAS, JOLTS, JOLTSaz, and extracts from iCIS. The Unit also supports County Probation Departments in accessing their respective county data and performing research by developing and deploying various ad hoc statistical reports. These reports are in both Crystal and SQL Server Reporting Services. Lastly, the Research and Information Unit supports research efforts conducted by qualified outside entities who are offering empirical contributions to best practices and delinquency prevention. All data requests and research activities that access juvenile probation data are processed through the Unit. The Unit takes great care in processing these requests and overseeing projects that have been granted to ensure all related activities protect the rights and well-being of our youth and adhere to Arizona Statute and Rules of the Court.

The current publications and reports listed below are available for public dissemination.

Arizona's Juvenile Court Counts FY15
Arizona's Juvenile Court Counts FY14
Arizona's Juvenile Court Counts FY13
Arizona's Juvenile Court Counts FY12
Arizona's Juvenile Court Counts FY11
Empirical Validation of the Arizona Risk/Needs Instrument and Assessment Process
AZ Juvenile Performance Measures Report Card FY08
Implementation Plan to Improve Arizona's Juvenile Justice System 2002
Risk Needs Revalidation 2007, Columbia University Reaffirms the Predictive Validity of the Arizona Risk Needs Assessment Instrument

The Research and Information Unit also produces the Equitable Treatment Statewide Report Cards for the Commission on Minorities (COM), which can be found on the COM Resources page (https://www.azcourts.gov/cscommittees/Commission-on-Minorities/COM-Resources).

If you need additional information, please contact:
         
  Deborah D. Kurth, PhD
  Manager   dkurth@courts.az.gov   (602) 452-3537  
               
Additional Staff:



 
 
  Angela Rhudy   Administrative Assistant   arhudy@courts.az.gov   (602) 452-3441  
  Tejaswi Yarlagadda   Data Specialist  
 
 
  Swetha Gundapaneni
Data Specialist