The Best Practices Self-Assessment Tool

Take the BeST Assessment and improve your program.

The BeST Assessment is an automated online assessment tool developed by NPC Research. It asks adult treatment court teams for basic, objective information about procedures and practices in their adult treatment court program and translates this information into measures of the court’s fidelity to research-based best practices.

The BeST Assessment was developed based on in-depth qualitative data collected in prior research of more than 100 adult drug courts (e.g., Perkins, Carey & Cox, 2008; Carey, Waller, Sanders & Burrus, 2010; Ho, Carey & Malsch, 2018).

The Best Assessment is only open to adult treatment court types.

How it Works

  1. When a treatment court team completes the online assessment, NPC creates a report detailing the court’s adherence to a variety of best practices.
  2. The assessment and report help the treatment court team and stakeholders understand how well their program is implementing the research-based Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards as well as the original 10 Key Components of Drug Courts.
  3. Results from the tool assist in identifying training and technical assistance needs.

The following video will help familiarize you with the BeST Assessment:


Program Background

These questions include when and how the program was implemented, primary substances used, demographics of clients entering the program, and the makeup of the team.

Eligibility (Inclusion and Exclusion) Criteria

The focus of this section is on specific inclusions and exclusions for entry, as well as the referral process, into the program. For example, offenses and charges accepted, including those targeted for admission, age restrictions, and whether clients are excluded for having mental health diagnoses, a history of violent charges, or gang involvement.

Treatment Court Team Activities

This area assesses how often the treatment court team meets, its composition, communication between team members, and the roles of each member.


This section measures the number of treatment providers involved with the court, their relationship with the court, the type of treatment services offered (e.g., residential, outpatient, detoxification), ancillary services offered (e.g., parenting classes, anger management, education), and the use of evidence-based treatment practices.

Drug Testing

This area records the types of drug tests, how they are implemented, and the frequency with which they are performed.

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