The Allen County Superior Court, Family Relations Division has partnered with the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment to evaluate how they process their dependency cases using the Court Performance Measures developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Court has identified project outcomes as follows: to provide more extensive understanding of needed system reforms both locally and state-wide; to provide a concrete basis for these reforms; and to provide other jurisdictions around the state with information that will allow them to more easily institute performance measures in their county.
Phase II: The Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division (Court) has been asked by the Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration to pilot Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases. Using a guide, Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Court has identified 19 performance measures, and has indicated that eight are required. The Court has asked the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy and the Environment (CUPE) to assist them in analyzing the performance measures. CUPE began analysis during phase I (described above). This concept paper discusses the proposed methodology, timeline, and budget for phase II.