Second Chance Month — Thursdays: Evaluation and Sustainability
Evaluation and Sustainability MATERIALS
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Toolkit Showcase: How to Use the Reentry Program Sustainability Toolkit to Plan for Your Program's Sustainability Introducing a newly developed Reentry Program Sustainability Toolkit: Resources for an Effective Sustainability Strategy. This Second Chance Month 2022 webinar explored how to navigate the Toolkit and apply its lessons to reentry programs.
Taking Stock: An Overview of NIJ's Reentry Research Portfolio and Assessing the Impact of the Pandemic on Reentry Research During this panel, an overview of NIJ's reentry research portfolio is provided and researchers discuss their NIJ-funded reentry projects, the impact of the pandemic on the ability to conduct research, and lessons learned.
How to Use Participatory Research in Your Reentry Program Evaluation This webinar for Second Chance Month 2022, led by the Evaluation and Sustainability Training and Technical Assistance (ES TTA) team and featuring reentry program practitioners, provides an overview of participatory research and discusses different ways that reentry programs can engage impacted populations (e.g., formerly incarcerated persons, past program participants) in the evaluation of their programs.
Learning from Doing: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Second Chance Act Grant Program During this panel, National Institute of Justice-funded researchers detail two ongoing evaluations of the SCA grant program: an evaluation of the effectiveness of the SCA grant program per Title V of the First Step Act, and (2) a longitudinal examination of the long-term impacts of the SCA program.
Strengthening Your Reentry Program Evaluation Through Primary Data Collection This webinar shares best practices from evaluation experts with the Evaluation and Sustainability Training and Technical Assistance (ES TTA) team and local research partners currently evaluating a BJA-funded reentry program.
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Toolkit Reentry Program Sustainability Toolkit: Resources for an Effective Sustainability Strategy This interactive toolkit from the Evaluation and Sustainability Training and Technical Assistance (ES TTA) Project at RTI International and the Center for Court Innovation provides tips on the three key areas of sustainability planning, including communications, branding, and funding.
Brief Resource Brief: Participatory Research: What Is It and How Can It Strengthen Your Reentry Program Evaluation? This infographic from the Evaluation and Sustainability Training and Technical Assistance (ES TTA) team provides an overview of participatory research approaches and discusses ways that reentry programs can engage affected populations in the evaluation of their programs.
Brief Best Practices for Developing a Final Report for a Reentry Program Evaluation This resource brief developed by the Evaluation and Sustainability Training and Technical Assistance (ES TTA) Project at RTI International and the Center for Court Innovation provides guidelines for developing a final technical report for reentry program evaluations.
Brief Best Practices for Collecting Primary Data from Reentry Populations for Program Evaluation This resource brief from the Evaluation and Sustainability Training and Technical Assistance (ES TTA) Project at RTI International and the Center for Court Innovation provides guidance on key decisions that need to be made when undertaking primary data collection with reentering populations for reentry program evaluation.
Brief Resource Brief: Using Evaluation Results to Improve Service Delivery in Reentry Programs This resource brief from the Evaluation and Sustainability Training and Technical Assistance (ES TTA) team at RTI International and the Center for Court Innovation, describes two primary strategies for using data and evaluation results to improve program and service delivery.
Brief Narrative and Visual Storytelling: Strategies for Conveying the Impact of Reentry Programs This brief, produced by the Evaluation and Sustainability Training and Technical Assistance (ES TTA) team at RTI International and the Center for Court Innovation, offers strategies for breaking through information overload and effectively conveying the benefits of a reentry program to key target audiences.
Report, Research Desistance From Crime: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice This report from the National Institute of Justice aims to bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners; provide a better understanding of how desistance is conceptualized, measured, and applied; and help the field develop innovative ways to increase the use of desistance-focused approaches.
Report Recruitment, Assessment, and Retention in the Direct Care Workforce for Individuals with Criminal Records: A Comprehensive Model Approach The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released this white paper identifying strategies for connecting individuals with criminal records who do not pose an unreasonable risk to public safety to long-term employment in the rapidly growing health care sector.
Report FY 2020 Report to the Committees on Appropriations Formerly Incarcerated Women and Reentry: Trends, Challenges, and Recommendations for Research and Policy This report from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) responds to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committees on Appropriations directive to conduct a study on the most common challenges faced by formerly incarcerated women (unemployment, underemployment, family reunification, job training and skills development re-entry programing, access to stable housing, mental health and substance abuse services) and provide its findings and recommendations on ways to better mitigate recidivism of formerly incarcerated women.
Brief Female Reentry and Gender-Responsive Programming: Recommendations for Policy and Practice The article, excerpted by the National Institute of Justice from the May/June 2021 issue of Corrections Today, offers a review of the few interventions designed specifically for women and reports on the empirical evidence surrounding these efforts.
Brief Pathway to an Effective Coalition This tip sheet from the Corrections & Community Engagement Technical Assistance Center (CCETAC) is intended to guide Second Chance Act grantees in understanding what it takes to transition a task force to a coalition, measure coalition success, and make sustainable improvements in the conditions for reentrants in their communities.