Report 2019-116 Recommendation 12 Responses
Report 2019-116: Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Weak Oversight Has Hindered Its Meaningful Implementation (Release Date: May 2020)
Recommendation #12 To: Mendocino County Probation Department
To adequately assess the effectiveness of its programs at reducing juvenile crime and delinquency, Mendocino should collect data on all participants in each JJCPA program and for each service it provides.
6-Month Agency Response
Mendocino County worked with our Community Based Organization (CBO) partner, Mendocino County Youth Project (MCYP), to establish data requirements for program and service participants. We are also collecting data from our internal staff that are, or will be, providing programming/services. Attached are copies of the "Accounting of JJCPA-YOBG Expenditures" sections for the two (2) programs that are JJCPA-funded that reflect current data collection. Data collection efforts are not stagnant, but rather an on-going process. Our data collection and analysis activities will continue to evolve as we evaluate our programming. We continue to work with our providers on the type of data which will assist in our analysis. We have, however, established the basic data collection processes that we will continue to expand and develop, which we interpret as satisfying this recommendation.
It should be noted that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the current and prior fiscal year, delivery of many programs were adversely impacted by reductions or cancellations of services. This is most notable for programming occurring in school settings. We anticipate the continuation of the effects of the pandemic throughout this fiscal year. We continue to work with our CBO and internal staff to evaluate and implement, when possible, alternative ways to deliver the necessary services to the youth of Mendocino County.
- Completion Date: June 2020
- Response Date: November 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
The attachments Mendocino provided to us indicate at a high-level various data elements, including number and length of sessions and number of juveniles served. However, Mendocino did not substantiate to what extent it collects data on all participants in each JJCPA program and for each service it provides. Until it does so, we will continue to report this recommendation as pending.
- Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
60-Day Agency Response
Mendocino County is working with our Community Based Organization (CBO) partners to establish the data required for program and service participants in each program provided. We are also working with our internal staff that are, or will be, providing programming/services to develop and establish the performance criteria and data required to adequately assess the effectiveness of our programs. Several of the programs/services are a new component of our JJCPA program; therefore, we are able to develop and establish the appropriate criteria at the onset of the program/service. Some of the programs/services that are part of our JJCPA program have been delayed or otherwise impacted as a result of the COVID-19 events currently impacting the country. The Assistant Chief Probation Officer has been assigned the task of overseeing the implementation, evaluation and assessment of the various programs/services which are part of our CMJJP. We anticipate full implementation of this recommendation within 12 months; however, COVID-19 events may delay or require modification to some implementation.
- Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2021
- Response Date: July 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.