UNDERSTANDING, PROMOTING, AND SUSTAINING THE USE OF RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES BY STATE ADMINISTERING AGENCIES
JRSA, in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association and with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, carried out a project to provide assistance to the State Administering Agencies (SAA) in understanding and implementing evidence-based practices in their states. JRSA surveyed the SAA directors regarding EBPs in their states, and also conducted a literature review. The interviews captured information regarding the varying definitions of evidence-based practices that are employed by the SAAs, research and evaluation resources available to the SAAs and their sub-grantees, and the ways these agencies structure priorities and program decisions based on the needs of their respective states. In addition, respondents provided feedback about factors that facilitate or constrain their involvement in evidence-based practices.
As a result of this effort, JRSA, NCJA, and BJA partnered to present an Executive Session on Evidence-Based Policy and Practice. The session, held on January 8 and 9, 2013, brought together over 100 executive staff of state agencies designated by Governors to manage federal criminal justice assistance, directors of the states' Statistical Analysis Centers (SAC), and federal officials from the Office of Justice Programs and BJA.
JRSA, in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), produced a series of "toolkits" on promoting the use of evidence-based practices in State Administering Agencies (SAAs). These toolkits include a briefing paper, an executive summary, and a slideshow. The slideshows can be tailored by SAAs to highlight their own efforts in promoting evidence-based practices in their state. An online class, consisting of the information provided in the toolkits as well as supplemental information, was also developed.
Toolkit 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices
Toolkit 2: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
Toolkit 3: Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices
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