Previous Data Driven Award Winners

2022 Data Driven Award Winner

The 2022 winner, and recipient of an up to $15,000 subaward grant to be used for a program evaluation, was the Henry County Accountability Courts.

  • Great use of data for budget requests and to identify need for parenting, marriage, and family groups
  • Thorough report of changes resulting from data analysis, from adding mentoring to removing geographical considerations in staffing and looking for ways to increased referrals
  • Clinicians making direct entries is also a plus and reduces likelihood of errors/misunderstandings.
  • Additions due to self-evaluation: recognition of participants' need for family services, addition of aftercare component to avoid late-stage/post-graduate relapse
  • Great team effort regarding data collection; good self-evaluation for process changes related to referrals and behavioral modification tools; use results of peer review and certification to modify program, would benefit from formal evaluation

Download this pdf file. Read the summarized submission here .

Download this pdf file. 2022 Awards Press Release


2021 Data Driven Award Winner

The 2021 winner, and recipient of an up to $15,000 subaward grant to be used for a program evaluation, was the Cobb County Family Treatment Court.

  • Cobb County FTC is fully utilizing the Connexis Cloud case management system. All team members enter data into the system (including treatment providers and surveillance) on a daily basis. Their system is integrated with their lab, so all lab reports and screen results are directly transferred into the system
  • The team utilizes reports for providing breakdown of phases, home surveillance lists, staffing reports, sanctions/incentive, random drug screens, etc.
  • Data are used to inform the Cobb Annual Report with specific FTC highlights. Jennifer Tillery, Cobb FTC Director, notes, “The Cobb FTC enjoys incredible support from the Cobb Board of Commissioners, Court Administration, and the judiciary due to the impressive data that can be provided through these reports.” She added that the program has received financial support from Restoring Lives Alliance, a local 501c3, by sharing data regarding parent participation, children served, permanency data, participant progress, and graduation rates
  • The Cobb FTC team meets twice a year to review program data and outcomes, and to evaluate the efficacy of the program to make changes as needed.  Data have informed important programmatic changes, like phase requirements, drug screen randomizer, timelines from application date to entry into phase one, treatment hours, and mediation assisted treatment
  • The program reported data to be one of the most important reasons why they have a record of success both within the court and the community

Download this pdf file. 2021 Award Press Release

Video - Using Data to Improve Program Operations, Community Support, and Participant Outcomes by Cobb FTC


2020 Inaugural Data Driven Award Winner

The 2020 winner, and recipient of an up to $15,000 subaward grant to be used for a program evaluation, was the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Accountability Courts.

  • Northeastern’s data collection efforts are very thorough.  All their courts use Connexis and all team members have access to Connexis. All staff are formally trained using the CACJ reporting manual, IMS training videos, and Data Collection and User Guide that was developed by the court.
  • At any time, they are tracking data anywhere from 450-500 participants in the Northeastern Circuit. The program has gone paperless and just uses Connexis.
  • They are constantly analyzing their data. They have analyzed the effectiveness of their Young Adult track sanction matrix. From the data, they realized some sanctions were not resulting in behavior modification, so changes were made to their sanction matrix at a policy meeting. They have also used data analysis to reduce the amount of jail sanctions. They use Connexis to analyze demographic information to decide which evidence-based interventions are needed for each demographic.
  • The Director composes a “Treatment Services Annual Report” which summarizes stats, financial data, and program achievements. The report is shared with stakeholders. The report includes cost wavering for each program. By sharing the report with shareholders, they have garnered more trust and support from their community.

While the circuit applied together to showcase their joint efforts toward strong data collection, the Director has committed to providing the program evaluation award to the court in the circuit most in need.

Download this pdf file. 2020 Award Recipient Press Release

Download this pdf file. Inaugural Data Driven Award Announcement