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Evaluation of the SAGE Inc., Project Funded by the National Institute of Justice

Goals and Objectives
The SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation) Project, Inc., is one of only a handful of organizations across the country that offer a comprehensive array of services to girls and young women who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has recognized the importance of the SAGE Project in addressing CSE and determined that two programs offered by SAGE (LIFESKILLS and GRACE) are good candidates for evaluation.

The overall purpose of this evaluation was to increase the knowledge base concerning the circumstances that lead girls and young women to become victims of CSE and the effects of the intervention model. The formative evaluation of LIFESKILLS and GRACE was an important first step in determining the needs of sexually exploited children and recovering prostitutes; how these needs can best be addressed; and how the SAGE programs can be replicated. In addition, the evaluation provides valuable evidence concerning the effectiveness of both programs, and, importantly, will generate useful information on variables and approaches for future research. Finally, the evaluation provides policymakers with insight regarding an alternative justice system response to prostitution while program staff will be offered information regarding the ability of the program to help participants exit the commercial sex industry.

The final report can be downloaded here:
Final Report on the Evaluation of the SAGE Project’s Lifeskills and Grace Programs

Evaluation of Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Boys Town Short-Term Shelter Care for Girls Program Funded by the National Institute of Justice

Despite juvenile justice systems’ widespread use of short-term residential placement, little is known about how effective it is in reducing recidivism. Even less is known about how well it works for female juvenile offenders. DSG evaluated the impact of Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home (Boys Town) on the recidivism of female juvenile offenders through a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). This study was conducted with the support and cooperation of Boys Town (BT) USA, to gain access to these youth. BT received discretionary support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, for short-term residential beds for delinquent girls at selected locations. The findings from this study increases knowledge concerning the effects of short-term residential treatment on female offenders and provide valuable evidence of the effectiveness of the GBT model. Findings also enhance placement options for Judges in dealing with female juvenile offenders.

The study determined the impact of BT on recidivism at three sites: Newark, NJ (from the counties of Essex, Union, Passaic, and Hudson); Philadelphia, PA; and Atlanta, GA. The study looked at the short and long-term outcomes of both groups of girls. The short-term outcomes assessed were academic improvement, changes in the restrictiveness of living at discharge, the number of treatment plan goals met, and overall adjustment and behavior. The long-term outcomes assessed were recidivism at 12 months post-discharge from BT or probation. Three recidivism measures used were rearrest, time to rearrest, and readjudication. BT and a comparison group of probation girls were contacted within one year after completing BT or starting probation to ascertain other long-term outcome measures, including academic performance, employment, substance use, change in relationships with parents/guardians, and subsequent out-of-home placements.

The final report can be downloaded here:
Final Report on the Evaluation of the Boys Town Short-Term Residential Treatment Program for Girls