Examining the Validity and Reliability of Your Risk/Need/Responsivity Tool: The MA Probations Service’s


Monday, August 19, 2019
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Over the past few years, the Massachusetts Probation Service (MPS) began using the Ohio Risk Assessment System Community Supervision Screening Tool (ORAS-CSST) and the Community Supervision Tool (ORAS-CST) in the risk-need-responsivity assessment of adult probationers. After an open bidding process, the MPS contracted with the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute (UCCI) for a study examining the validity and reliability of the tools. The study has recently concluded, producing some interesting results. In this session you have an opportunity to learn those results, as the MPS and UCCI will join to present what they have learned about the value of examining the validity and reliability of risk-need-responsivity tools. Additionally, MPS staff will share the process they went through with UCCI to execute the study and will go over the ways in which the results of the study have helped them further implement and build evidence-based capacity.


Dr. Jennifer L Lux
Research Associate, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute

Dr. Jennifer Lux- Serves the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute as a Research Associate. In her role she manages the execution of numerous research services including validity and reliability studies. Dr. Lux also provides jurisdictions with numerous trainings in the area of EBPs.

Brian W Mirasolo
Deputy Commissioner , MA Probation Service/MA Trial Court/Office of Commissioner of Probation

Brian Mirasolo- Serves the Massachusetts Probation Service as Field Services Administrator out of the Office of the Commissioner of Probation. In addition, serves as Editor of Executive Exchange, the National Association of Probation Executives' journal.