The Center for Effective Public Policy (Center) and partners (the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) and Applied Research Services (ARS)) are well positioned to accomplish the goal of this initiative—“to strengthen states’ JRI reform efforts by bolstering their investment and commitment to data driven and evidence-based decisionmaking.” We envision working with states to forge a collaborative approach to resolving critical implementation issues through a four-pronged approach:
Delivery of a broad range of targeted substantive expertise/technical assistance/training;
Provision of facilitation and site coordination to assure maximal team effectiveness, enhanced collaboration, timeliness of programs and products, and the development of sustainable plans;
Guidance in identifying, analyzing, and presenting performance and outcome measures for continued progress toward reinvestment goals; and
Support in building capacity to implement and sustain successful evidence-based approaches and programs over time.
As a result of the assistance provided over this 36-month project, the Center and its partners will develop several products, including: two videos and three written reports for national dissemination; a webinar highlighting implementation research; and training and technical assistance report findings and recommendations tailored to each state, including: implementation health assessments, collaboration survey findings and recommendations, data and performance measurement assessments, strategic and sustainability plans.”
The Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) provides technical assistance and financial support to states, counties, cities, and tribal authorities that are either currently engaged in justice reinvestment (a data-driven approach to reduce corrections and related criminal justice cost and reinvest savings in strategies designed to increase public safety) or are well positioned to undertake such work. Under this initiative, the Center is working with a consortium of partners to provide technical assistance as part of a two-phase effort. Under Phase I, sites are receiving technical assistance in support of the first steps of the justice reinvestment process, which involves engaging leaders and key stakeholders, analyzing criminal justice data, and identifying strategies to reduce costs and increase public safety. Phase II sites are receiving both targeted technical assistance and funding to support the implementation of justice reinvestment strategies. The Center is providing technical assistance and support to a number of JRI jurisdictions.