I have known Brad Bogue for more then 15 years. In this time, I have come to know Brad as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts in the area of Evidence-Based Practice in North America today.
I am frequently asked to make recommendations of people who may assist jurisdiction with advancing practice. In every instance where Brad was referred, the jurisdictions reported receiving greater value than anticipated. Generally speaking, their experience with Brad and associates is transforming both individually and organizationally. He requires agencies to become “learning organizations” by stressing the importance of understanding the foundations of evidence-based practices. Brad understands the need to “institutionalize” evidence-based principles within organization to make practice sustainable.
The work of Brad Bogue and JSAT is not superficial or easy. Successful implementing of evidence-based practice is hard work. While the rewards of successfully implementing evidence-based practices into agencies and systems are great, it should be understood that it requires a high degree of dedication, commitment, leadership and learning. Brad and JSAT have the experience to apply the scientific literature in a way that enables programs to support evidence-based practices.
In a nutshell, Brad understands evidence-based practices about a well as anyone in North America. His depth of understanding that is both academic and applied. Brad also understands that EBP is a dynamic learning process requiring constant quality improvement and monitoring.
I would highly recommend Brad and JSAT to agencies truly committed to systems change. I would not recommend him to organizations looking for easy answers or quick solutions.
“Justice System Assessment and Training (JSAT) has worked with the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department on a contractual basis for four years. During that time, multiple goals relative to the implementation of Evidenced-Based Practice have been accomplished. JSAT worked with our department to pilot several risk/need tools and has provided training relative to each of these instruments. JSAT has also worked with our Clinical Interventions Division to develop and validate a juvenile sex offender risk tool. In addition to their assistance with the development of assessment instruments, they have provided both direct training and training for trainers on the topic of Motivational Interviewing.
JSAT has been very flexible in their efforts to meet the needs of our department, responding immediately and positively to questions and concerns. In situations where they are unable to provide a service, they have provided guidance and referrals to other vendors. The training materials they have developed are user friendly, in particular the training for trainers’ manuals. Because of the quality of the materials developed for our department, we have been able to train new trainers with ease and confidence. JSAT has also worked collaboratively with other contractual consultants involved with our department to further the full implementation of the Evidenced-Based Practice Model. I would recommend JAST to other departments interested in implementing Evidenced-Based Practices within their agencies.”
Director of Grants and Assessments
This review is in praise of the services I have received from Justice Systems Assessment and Training (J-SAT) and Brad Bogue. I have worked with Brad Bogue and members of his staff in regards to evidence based practices, risk needs assessment training and the use of the Risk and Resiliency Check Up tool. The Risk and Resiliency Check Up tool training was provided Regionally last year while I was chief of Amador County Probation.
In addition to specific training, Mr. Bogue has worked with me in my role as the chairperson of the Chief Probation Officers of California Adult Services Committee. He has, on his own time, provided data and other information that has helped me move our committee to a point where there is legislation being penned to support our proposals aimed at improving the assessment and other services in our adult caseloads statewide.
Our department’s mission and goals include creating and sustaining a safe and healthy atmosphere in our rural community. We cannot stop all crime, but I do believe we can provide services, which provide repair to the economic and social loss of victims while increasing accountability and developing competency in offenders. J-SAT and Mr. Bogue appear to be realists in this world of uncertainties due to funding, population shifts and severity of crime. I appreciate their willingness to help us all in developing systems which can truly make our communities safer and healthier.
I’ve known Brad Bogue for over 25 years. I have seen him work as a case worker in a residential community corrections center, as a state employee assessing community corrections programs, as a consultant assisting probation and parole officers, and in his present role as CEO in a firm that he started from scratch. Brad, and the circle of very competent staff with which he has surrounded himself, consistently provide extremely high caliber program evaluations, staff training and organizational development.
Roger Lauen, Ph.D.
Former director of Colorado Community Corrections Division