Faulkner County Juvenile Court Case Study

In 2019, Dr. Lesley Graybeal led a team of graduate and faculty researchers in a field-based research project with the Faulkner County Juvenile Court and Arkansas Office of the Courts.  The study examined the court’s successful interventions with court-involved youth using a community partnership model. LEAD students contributed to the co-creation of the research questions and case study design, and assisted with the development of a program model using the results of the study. Throughout the process, they identified key stakeholders in the court partnerships, participated in data collection to gather stakeholder perspectives on the court’s work and its effectiveness, and delivered a descriptive outline of the programs and procedures in place to the community-based research partner.

Throughout the project, the research team engaged in discussion of theoretical frameworks of leadership related to community-based programs.  The team also collaborated to develop the study design, data collection, and analysis. Students involved in the project became familiar with techniques for conducting case study research, as well as best practices for community-based study design and execution. Faculty from the College of Education, College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, and College of Liberal Arts were also involved with various aspects of research with the courts.

Currently, under the direction of Dr. Graybeal, LEAD students are working on publication submissions to journals related to leadership and juvenile justice.