The TJJD Legislative Reporting and Statistics Department is tasked with the following responsibilities:
- Collecting, and monitoring the quality of, data received from the juvenile probation departments and the state-operated facilities
- Producing legislatively mandated statistical and narrative reports
- Responding to public information requests
- Providing data analysis to decision-makers within the agency and across the state
- Offering technical assistance with data and program evaluation
Texas Juvenile Justice Department Data
TJJD maintains data on all youth committed to state custody and data on juveniles referred to and supervised by juvenile probation departments. The TJJD Legislative Reporting and Statistics Department utilizes this data to produce many annual and periodic reports.
If you are interested in requesting a statistical analysis of juvenile justice data, please complete and submit the Public Information Request Online Submission Form.
TJJD maintains data on all youth committed to state custody and data on juveniles referred to and supervised by juvenile probation departments. Data on committed youth is maintained for operational as well as statistical and research purposes, while data on juveniles referred to and supervised by juvenile probation departments is maintained for statistical and research purposes only.
Juvenile data is confidential and youth referred to and supervised by the juvenile justice system in Texas are protected through numerous state and federal statutes/laws. The dissemination of juvenile justice data is governed by Texas Family Code Section 58.009. Requests for data that meet state statute requirements must also comply with federal human subjects protection requirements, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). All identifying information is removed from disseminated records.
All Researchers interested in pursuing a research project with the TJJD must submit a complete Research Proposal Packet, which undergoes a multi-stage review and approval process.
Research Review Committee
The TJJD Research Review Committee (RRC) conducts the first stage in the review and approval process. The RRC only reviews projects with a complete Research Proposal Packet. The RRC judges each project on the strength of the proposal and methodology, as well as the benefit to the agency or the juvenile justice system in accordance with GAP.385.8153. TJJD will not approve more than one project on the same research topic. TJJD approves up to eight research proposals each fiscal year. The RRC meets up to four times per fiscal year to review research proposals.
Research Proposal Packet
All Researchers, including agency staff not employed by TJJD Legislative Reporting and Research Department, must submit a complete Research Proposal Packet for review by the RRC. A complete Research Proposal Packet includes all of the following items:
- Research Proposal Application
- Research and Analytical Testing System (RATS) Questionnaire
- Research Proposal – no more than 5-pages in length
- Copy of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval
- Copy of all study instruments, surveys, etc. (if applicable)
- Copy of all study consent forms (if applicable)
After the RRC approves a Research Proposal Packet, the second stage in the review and approval process begins. The TJJD and the Researcher must enter into a fully executed Research Agreement prior to the commencement of the research project. Researchers requesting the recidivism analysis conducted by the TJJD must get independent approval from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prior to the release of any data from TJJD. Further details provided to Researchers with a research project approved by the RRC.
To facilitate monitoring of approved research projects, the Researcher is required to provide TJJD with a progress report on a quarterly basis. Additionally, the Researcher must provide TJJD with project findings and final reports, prior to dissemination, publication, or any official presentation.
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