Our gender-responsive circle models and interventions are designed in evidence-based principles and practices, incorporating Motivational Interviewing, Cultural Responsivity, Strengths-Based approaches, and Trauma-Responsive practices.

Girls Circle Research

Evidence for Girls Circle®

A rigorously designed study has demonstrated effectiveness of Girls Circle in reducing delinquency for girls.*

Girls on probation were randomly assigned to a control group receiving traditional services or a Girls Circle program. When they attended regularly, the group of girls in Girls Circle showed significantly greater reductions in recidivism.

Additionally, as attendance increased for girls in Girls Circle, condom use, educational aspirations and educational expectations significantly increased.

*The evaluation was funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and conducted in the Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department in Cook County, Illinois by Development Services Group (DSG). Evaluation Report Forthcoming.

Read more on this study and other research efforts on the Girls Circle Model.

Evaluate Girls Circle at Your Agency:

Girls Circle Evaluation Tool Kit,
with a gender-relevant measurement tool designed specifically for use with Girls Circle programs.


This revised survey integrates the validated Schwarzer’s Self-Efficacy instrument and is for use with any combination of the Girls Circle Activity Guides. Includes instructions for independent evaluation of your own female adolescent programs, Consent Forms, Information Sheet, and Girls Circle Survey included. Spanish Language Survey and forms also included.

The Council for Boys and Young Men Research

Results from two studies conducted by Portland State University, Portland, OR, show:

  • significant increases in boys' school engagement
  • positive impacts in boys' masculinity beliefs
  • high rates of satisfaction among participants

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has funded a four year study on The Council for Boys and Young Men® program aimed at preventing violence. Cornell University will be conducting the study in partnership with the New York State Department of Health who received the grant. “This is an innovative approach, because we’re looking at reducing risk for perpetration, not reducing risk for becoming a victim.” Read the full article at Cornell Chronicle.

Read more on The Council for Boys and Young Men Research efforts.

Evaluate The Council at Your Agency:

The Council Evaluation Packet is
available in PDF format, FREE

The Council for Boys and Young Men Evaluation Tool Kit is available at no charge for your program evaluation! Includes instructions, forms, and public domain scales as well as author-permitted scales for The Council program evaluation.The scales are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), National Center for School Engagement, and scholars interested in measuring boys' attitudes and behaviors, especially related to risk and protective behaviors associated with violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, and interpersonal skills.
Download The Council Evaluation Packet

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