NCJA s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards: Tips and Tricks for Success

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1 NCJA s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards: Tips and Tricks for Success Welcome to the webinar! - You have logged on successfully. - We will begin promptly at 3:00 pm ET - All attendees have been muted.

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4 Agenda Why does NCJA recognize outstanding criminal justice programs? What is an outstanding criminal justice program? What are the essential elements of a competitive application? How are applications evaluated? When and how are award winners recognized?

5 Why does NCJA recognize outstanding programs Supports our Mission Statement The National Criminal Justice Association exists to promote the development of justice systems in states, tribal nations, and units of local government that enhance public safety; prevent and reduce the harmful effects of criminal and delinquent behavior on victims, individuals, and communities; adjudicate defendants and sanction offenders fairly and justly; and that are effective and efficient. Program planning, implementation, evaluation, and funding are priorities for NCJA s constituency State, Local, and Tribal criminal justice decision makers and practitioners

6 Elements of an Outstanding Program Does the program address an important criminal justice issue? Does the program demonstrate collaboration among criminal justice and allied agencies or disciplines? Can the program provide quantitative evidence of its effectiveness in accomplishing program goals? Does the program leverage federal, state, local or other nongovernmental funds and resources? Can the program be easily replicated in other jurisdictions?

7 Important Criminal Justice Issue Represents a challenge facing criminal justice practitioners Examples (not inclusive!) Increase in heroin addiction Disproportionate minority involvement in justice system Reducing recidivism Justice system reform sentencing, pre-trial Does not have to be a criminal justice program HINT: Can be a juvenile focused program Previous winners PA Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Center of Excellence KY Department of Public Advocacy Alternative Social Worker Program Chemical Health and Justice Sanctions (CHJS), La Crosse County Human Services

8 Demonstrate Collaboration Challenges cannot be overcome by a single agency Program success depends on participation by two or more partners Collaboration among non-traditional partners is encouraged Law enforcement and substance abuse treatment School system and courts Previous winners St. Leonard s Ministry with housing authority AZ Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Program with local community coalitions and state government agencies Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence

9 Quantitative Performance Measures Program must provide data based outcomes The most problematic area in previous applications HINT: Pay attention to the following factors: Outcomes must relate to program goal Outcomes must be provided for a significant time period Output measures are not outcome measures Outcome measures are NOT: Number of training sessions offered Testimonials by clients, families, community members HINT: 95% of 10 people completing a program is not as impressive as 95% of 100 people completing a program We do not expect gold standard evaluations Project Hope

10 Quantitative Performance Measures Hypothetical Example: Job training program for inmates released from a correctional institution Goal: Increase employment rates for released inmates and reduce recidivism Performance measures Number of participants completing the program Number of employment or informational interviews completed by participants Number of participants placed in full time positions Number of participants maintaining full time employment for 6 months, for 12 months Number of participants arrested within 6 months and 12 months following completion of programs Number of participants re-incarcerated within 12 months following completion of program.

11 Leverage Resources Elements of Outstanding Programs Blends funding from multiple sources Uses grant funds to implement program and demonstrate success and transitions to non-grant funding sources Incorporates non-monetary support from program partners Outstanding programs do not Depend exclusively on grant funds for extended periods of time Previous winners Muscogee Creek Nation Reintegration Program Project Hope

12 Sustainable and Replicable Sustainability Demonstrate capacity to continue the program over time Provide a plan to transition from soft funding (i.e. grant funding) to permanent funding sources Demonstrate a structure that will support program operations Replicability Address a challenge shared by criminal justice practitioners Employ a strategy that is not dependent on unique circumstances

13 Evaluation Process Initial review to determine if program meets criteria In-house review to determine programs that merit further review Review by subject matter experts Submit recommendations for awards to NCJA Executive Committee Notification of award winners Presentation of award at the National Forum on Criminal Justice on August 4 in Atlanta.

14 Post-Award Highlight winners (and selected non-winners) in NCJA s webinar series on promising practices Publish articles in NCJA s electronic newsletter Publish description on NCJA s corporate website Refer programs to other award opportunities including the Harvard Innovations in American Government program

15 Final Hints A program is a set of activities based on evidence to address a significant criminal justice issue. Need data to show that the program is succeeding in achieving stated goals. Program needs to reach a significant segment of the target population. This does not mean a large number necessarily. Program needs to be functioning long enough to show meaningful results. Program should be local, tribal, or state based. Attachments should support important elements of the program. Complete the application completely and carefully. There is no required format, typeface or font size, or a limit on number of words but remember many reviewers have middle-aged eyes so font size of 10 or 12 is appreciated. We re looking for programs that may not be recognized otherwise. Collaboration is key.

16 Application information and forms are on Applications can be submitted online, by to or by USPS Applications must be received in the NCJA office by April 17, 2015 Award winners will be notified on or about May 15, 2015

17 Q & A To submit questions for the presenters please use the chat feature on the right hand side of your screen. Please select Host and Presenter

18 Thank You for Joining Us! The slides and a recording of this webinar will be available for download at More information on the National Forum on Criminal Justice is available at Good luck with your applications!

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