JRSA Forum. December 2013. Volume 31, Number 4.

JRSA Staff Launch New Project with DC Grantees

JRSA staff members Shawn Flower and Carrie Williamson recently began work on a new project with grantees in the District of Columbia. Building Capacity for Performance Measurement and Evaluation (BCPME) will involve a series of collaborative workshops and trainings with DC organizations who have received grant funding from DC's Justice Grants Administration and Victim Services (OJGAVS). Grantees participating in the project provide reentry services to adults and youth including transitional housing, job training and employment search assistance, as well as victim services such as awareness and prevention programs, crisis response, and service referrals.

Through a series of trainings and workshops, JRSA staff will improve the capacity of these practitioners to collect high-quality, useful program data that capture what their programs are accomplishing, and assist with improvements in service effectiveness and efficiency. JRSA staff will also provide direct technical assistance in the creation and improvement of each program's logic model, the development of performance measures specific to each practice area, and the creation and implementation of data collection tools. The DC OJGAVS' office will use the program data to inform its future strategies in supporting best practices.

Drs. Flower and Williamson delivered the first workshop, BCPME Project Overview and Introduction to Performance Measurement and Evaluation, on November 14, 2013, for representatives from each organization OJGAVS has selected to participate in the project. Workshop topics include overviews of evidence-based practices, performance measurement, and process evaluation. Grantees will be separated by practice area for future sessions to invite collaboration and information sharing among the organizations, many of which serve similar populations.

For more information about the BCPME project, contact Carrie Williamson at cwilliamson@jrsa.org.