The DHS data warehouse in Allegheny County is a prime example of the power of information sharing. The DHS data warehouse which compiles program data from over 25 data sources within the county and contains over 15 million client records. It has evolved to be a central repository of social services data, which allows DHS to track and report client demographic and service data across its program offices and beyond. Since the Data Warehouse enables data-driven decision making among DHS staff, it also makes possible better outcomes for the individuals served by the Department.
BJA is currently developing a new website called the “Center for Research Partnerships & Evaluation”. The intent is to help locales to develop academic-practitioner partnerships and will include a range of related resources (e.g. webinars, data tips). Watch the BJA website for a debut of this Academy (scheduled for December 2015)
BJA offers a wealth of technical assistance across a range of topics (e.g. assistance implementing evidence-based programs, assistance with strategic planning, research an information requests, customized technical assistance from subject matter experts). They also offer specific assistance in the area of grant writing and management through a series of videos that provide an overview of project planning, management, administration, and assessment of federally funded programs. Click here to learn more.
Easy access to information on jail operations can make or break a manager’s ability to direct the jail and to communicate key indicators both inside and outside the facility. This article describes how Boulder County set up a report workbook in Excel, including a front-page “COMSTAT”-style dashboard for managers that displays high-level data. The system includes automated reports from the Jail Management System (JMS) and information from other sources. A point person was assigned to develop the overall system. Other staff members who are responsible for various areas of jail operation manage their own data on the appropriate worksheets. Staff members’ access to read or edit information is individually defined.
From the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, this Toolkit includes an overview of jail reentry, first steps for developing a context-appropriate jail reentry initiative, essential facts and data to engage stakeholders, sample legislation, profiles of elected officials who have championed jail reentry, and a guide to additional resources.
The mission of The Grantsmanship Center is to help private and public nonprofits make better communities by offering training and publications to help organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant proposals and create earned income opportunities.
This guide is designed to introduce and explain the key concepts in outcome evaluation research in order to help practitioners distinguish between good and poor quality evaluation reports. The intent is to help practitioners 1) understand key evaluation terms and designs, and 2) recognize how to identify a well written evaluation report. This guide does not explain how to identify evidence-based programs or “what works.” It is not intended to assist the reader with making overall judgments or determinations about specific programs or program types. More information than is found in one evaluation report is needed to identify whether a program is evidence-based. This guide provides the reader with the basic information needed to identify high quality evaluation reports.
PA DOC releases detailed information about the characteristics the
state's correctional inmates. Information provided includes inmate
demographics, charge type, sentence length and county of
arrest. Similar information about released inmates is also included.
This Technical Assistance Center at the University of South Florida assists counties with grant preparation and evaluation, projects the impact of proposed interventions and serves as an information clearinghouse for counties and State interagency work groups.