Crafting the Greenbook: Framers Reflect on the Vision, Process, and Lessons Learned

Janczewski, C.E., Dutch, N., Wang, K. (2008). Crafting the Greenbook: Framers Reflect on the Vision, Process, and Lessons Learned. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Guided by research and the experiences of judges nationwide, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges made a commitment in 1998 to improve community response to families experiencing domestic violence and child maltreatment.

A year later, the council’s work culminated in a set of recommendations commonly called the Greenbook, which summoned child welfare agencies, domestic violence service providers, and dependency courts to implement internal changes and collaborate to address co-occurring domestic violence and child maltreatment.

In 2000, the federal government funded six community-based demonstration programs to implement the Greenbook recommendations. As part of the evaluation of the Greenbook initiative, the evaluation team asked the national experts who helped frame the Greenbook to reflect on the processes used and the decisions that shaped the document. In addition, the experts were asked to describe their expectations for the systems and communities that implemented the recommendations, including anticipated challenges.

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