Performance- Based Standards Model


PbS Model Graph

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is a data-driven improvement model grounded in research that holds juvenile justice agencies, facilities, and residential care providers to the highest standards for operations, programs, and services. The Alabama Department of Youth Services strives to meet the PbS standards and commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own.

The PbS data-driven improvement model provides:

  • A set of goals and standards that agencies, facilities, and residential care providers strive to meet;

  • A blueprint of best practices and policies to implement to meet the standards;

  • Outcome reports and data summaries of the quantitative and qualitative information collected;

  • An improvement plan template guiding steps necessary to use the outcomes and information to create successful and sustainable reforms;

  • A national network of professionals sharing information, tools, and approaches toprovide the highest quality of life and services; and

  • Training, technical assistance, expert coaching, research, and resources to support PbS integration.


Why Performance-based Standards?

  • The Alabama Department of Youth Services (DYS) believes in delivering effective and safe rehabilitation and reentry services for youths in custody

  • DYS values youths’ constitutional rights to reasonable safety, adequate medical and mental health treatment,rehabilitative programming, and education.

  • DYS values youth input for information about the facility or program safety, quality of services, and staff relationships to provide a comprehensive picture of facility life.

  • Data on how youth, staff, and family members view the facility or program has ; led to increased focus on improving practices that directly relate to positive outcomes for youth.