Thursday, June 23, 2011

How Do You Determine What Works?

The US Department of Justice announced a new website this week that helps to inform those in the criminal justice community what programs work and those that might not work as well. This website, CrimeSolutions.gov was announced at the National Institute of Justice crime research conference by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson. From her statement:

"We all have tight budgets today. CrimeSolutions.gov helps us take a 'smart on crime' approach that relies on data-driven, evidence-based analysis to identify and replicate justice-related programs that have shown real results in preventing and reducing crime and serving crime victims," explained Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General.

The website rates programs as Effective, Promising or No Effects and covers programs in Corrections, Courts, Crime Prevention, Law Enforcement and others. Just in the Law Enforcement category, there were already 22 programs evaluated for effectiveness.

This looks like another good web resource to bookmark. They also have an RSS feed of the site if you prefer to keep up with it that way.

How do you look for effective crime fighting programs at your agency?

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