What Data do we Need to Provide for our SPEP Score?

  • Roster of youth in programs
  • Begin and end date for each youth
  • Number of weeks each youth in service (count)
  • Number of hours each youth in service (count)
  • All juvenile justice youth served in previous 12 months

The SPEP score includes:

  • risk level of youth served, 
  • number of hours youth are served, and
  • number of weeks youth are in services. 

To determine these parts of the score, the scorer will need a roster of youth in the service, and how many weeks and hours of service each youth received. Typically the scorer will request data on youth participating in the program over the past year. If the program serves a small number of youth per year, then two years of data may be requested. If no more than 10 youth combined were in a program across two years the program may not be scored.

The scorer will look up the risk score for each youth. This score will have been determined upon the youth’s entry into the juvenile justice system and arrived at using the YLS instrument. Points for risk level of youth served are awarded according to the proportion of youth who are in moderate and high risk levels.

Data on the number of weeks and hours of service a youth have received should be as detailed as possible. This will enable the scorer to provide the most accurate amount of points for this area. If a service provided to a youth is to be at least 1 hour per week, and the actual hours per week are not recorded, then credit can only be given for 1 hour – even if services are typically provided for more than an hour. Points are awarded based on the proportion of youth who have received the target number of weeks and the target number of hours.


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