Minnesota Association of 
County Probation Officers 


Evidence Based Practices



MACPO strives to provide the best training, resources, and information to our membership.


This page will be updated periodically.


Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) is a term that has taken the field of community corrections/probation by storm over the last twenty years or so.

Probation Agents are tasked with being Change Agents, role models, and/or coaches. They use EBP to instill and reinforce positive behavior change. Some examples of the tools they use with their clientele are:

  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Cognitive Behavioral Programming (individual or group-based)
  • Pro v. Con lists
  • Reflection Diaries
  • Thinking Reports . . .  and more!

Probation Agents should no longer be “checking off boxes” - research has proven this to be ineffective. Nowadays, Probation Agents concentrate their resources on clientele who have been assessed as high risk. Additionally, services and programming are recommended based on risk assessments that analyze criminogenic needs (dynamic risk factors), recidivism rates (likelihood to reoffend), and the responsivity principle (how Agents perform their work).

Please see the below information for a multitude of resources to empower you to be the best Change Agent that you can possibly be!


EBP Cafe

Please click here to be directed to the EBP Cafe Youtube page.


Communities of Practice:

Please click here to be directed to the COP page on the DOC website.


Cognitive-Behavioral Network: CogNet

Please click here to be directed to the CogNet page on the MACCAC website.



Virtual Training/EBP Resources:

Please click here to be directed to additional resources.

Free vector graphics of AbstractBelow are links to other (mostly free) training resources:

Minnesota Corrections Association (MCA)

Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC)

MN Department of Corrections (DOC)

ICOTS Mini Sessions

US Courts Journal Articles

National Criminal Justice Training Center

National Institute of Corrections

Justice Clearinghouse

Podcast: Corrections Community 101


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