Evaluation Projects for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Evaluation Projects for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

In 2017, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) engaged the assistance of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JohnJayREC) to support two initiatives focused on the safety and well-being of New York City neighborhoods.

Estimating Causal Relationships Among Youth Justice Policies and Rates of Juvenile Confinement

Estimating Causal Relationships Among Youth Justice Policies and Rates of Juvenile Confinement

Researchers used state-level data on youth justice policies and practices to explore the association between state policy environments and recent changes in the use of residential placements for adjudicated youth (i.e., confinement). The study assigned a score to each of the 50 states based on the extent to which their youth justice policy environments could be considered “progressive” as opposed to punitive or regressive.

Jack and Lewis Rudin Research Fellowships

Jack and Lewis Rudin Research Fellowships

The Evidence Generation initiative focuses on improving the operations and effectiveness of justice agencies in New York City and New York State by generating and analyzing data about the effects of interventions and crime reduction strategies. The program was launched in 2010 with funding from the Pinkerton and Rudin Foundations.

AECF Evaluation Projects

AECF Evaluation Projects

The Research and Evaluation Center worked with two progressive youth service agencies as part of the Evidence Generation Initiative to document their routine practices, to create rigorous theories of change and logic models, and to explore the measures necessary to organize mission-relevant data.

Program Fidelity in New York State

Program Fidelity in New York State

The Research and Evaluation Center and the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College collaborated in a project to conduct fidelity reviews with several programs across New York City that provide community-based services to offender populations. The fidelity reviews were designed to confirm the extent to which programs were operating in ways consistent with the Correctional Program Checklist.