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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Research and Evaluation worked with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to design and implement an evaluation of the “Cure Violence” model of gun violence reduction.
The Research and Evaluation Center assessed the implementation of gun violence reduction initiatives in New York City neighborhoods. With funds awarded from the New York City Council, the project tracked the formation and deployment of gun violence reduction strategies in several areas of the City. Each program incorporated the shooting incident crisis management system recommended by the 2012 report from the Council-sponsored Task Force to Combat Gun Violence.
The Research and Evaluation Center partnered with Justice Fellowship (JF) to provide expertise and support that could advance JF’s goal of changing the national narrative on criminal justice. The project resulted in a series of research reports on issues related to current issues and shortcomings associated with criminal justice system practices.