POSITIVE ACHIEVEMENT CHANGE TOOL (pACT) vALIDATION
Washington State began implementation of the Positive Achievement Change Tool (PACT) in 1999, under the recommendation that the tool receive regular evaluation and continued quality assurance. As an assessment metric, the PACT better equips the juvenile justice system with accurate information to the risks and needs of youth entering into the system. However, while accurate information poises juvenile justice service providers to better meet youths’ needs, the PACT had not undergone substantive evaluation and validation since its initial implementation.
In partnership with the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR), Washington State University conducted a large-scale validation study of the PACT. The results of this study affirm the PACT’s predictive validity, and put forth a series of re-weighting recommendations based on gender and offense type that render the PACT more accurate.
Hamilton, H., van Wormer, J., & Barnoski, R. (2015). PACT Validation and Weighting Results: Technical Report. Pullman, WA: Washington State University.