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Cultivating Healing by Implementing Restorative Practices for Youth: Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Trial

NCJ Number
254271
Date Published
2019
Length
9 pages
Author(s)
Amy E. Green; Cathleen E. Willging; Kim Zamarin; Layla. M. Dehaiman; Patricia. Ruiloba
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Publication Type
Program/Project Evaluation, Program/Project Description
Grant Number(s)
2016-CK-BX-0008
Annotation
This article presents the objectives and methodology of a cluster randomized controlled trial of 12 culturally-diverse U.S. middle schools that will examine whether using restorative practices with a multi-faceted implementation strategy (a) reduces negative outcomes, including expulsions, suspensions, truancy, and bullying; and (b) improves positive outcomes related to grade-point-average, sense of safety, and teacher support.
Abstract
Secondary goals are to identify factors associated with implementation success and conduct a cost-benefit analysis examining return on investment from societal and government perspectives. A mixed-methods research design is employed to address study aims. Restorative practices, non-punitive approaches to discipline focused on developing relationships and healing harm, have emerged as an alternative to exclusionary disciplinary actions, such as suspensions and expulsions. Despite widespread interest in restorative practices, there is little empirical research regarding their effectiveness. The current study will address this research gap. (publisher abstract modified)
Date Created: July 20, 2021