In April 2009, Vera's Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) began a year-long process evaluation of Washington, DC's four-and-a-half-year (2005 through mid-2010) effort to reform its juvenile institutional placement system. This process evaluation, funded by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, sought to document Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services’ (DYRS) strategy for the reforms, as well as to assess the implementation of the changes, which drew inspiration from the highly regarded Missouri Model of juvenile justice practice.