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Washington, DC - November 8-9, 2017

The second in a series of Regional Training Institutes for Statistical Analysis Center staff was held in Washington, DC, November 8-9, 2017. This Training Institute provided information and training to SAC staff, that was intended to enhance their capacity to collect and analyze criminal justice data in their states and to support BJS in its mission to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, offenders, and victims.

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Wednesday, November 8th

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  Breaking Down Silos: Facilitating Cross-Systems Data Sharing

Ellen McCann & Imran Chaudhry, District of Columbia and Stefanie Lopez-Howard, Georgia
Many SACs recognize the increasing demand for analyses that draw on data from multiple agencies and sources, both within and outside the criminal justice system. Despite the importance of cross-agency and cross-systems data sharing, breaking down data silos can be a significant challenge, as barriers to data access, integration and quality assurance continue to be prevalent in jurisdictions across the country. This session is designed to highlight best practices and effective strategies for breaking down data silos and facilitating data sharing across multiple agencies and systems. The session will feature presentations by SAC researchers and an IT specialist on data sharing challenges and the methods they utilized to manage or overcome them, followed by an open discussion about these issues in the context of the SACs and their work.

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  The Criminal Justice Targeted Research and Application of Knowledge (CJ- TRAK) Tool Suite

Faye Taxman, George Mason University
Moving knowledge about evidence-based practices (EBPs) from research into practice in the justice system is essential for improving both offender and system-level outcomes. George Mason's University's Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE) developed a suite of decision-support tools and e-learning tools that can be used by practitioners and researchers to facilitate knowledge translation in the justice system. In this session, Faye Taxman of George Mason University will introduce SAC directors and staff to the CJ-TRAK Suite of tools; demonstrate how tools in the suite are used; and describe how SACs might support constituencies in the corrections community, prison systems, and/or treatment systems using these tools. The RNR Simulation Tool is designed to assist justice and treatment agencies in determining what forms of programming will be most effective in reducing recidivism and improving offender outcomes within their population. The toolkit is also designed to guide resource allocation and help criminal justice agencies identify service provision gaps. The SOARING 2 tool is an eLearning system designed to assist justice professionals in building skills associated with using evidence-based practices for the effective management of offenders. The system consists of five training modules: Risk-Need-Responsivity, Motivation and Engagement, Case Planning, Problem Solving, Desistance, and Criminal Cognitions. The modules focus on both knowledge and skill enhancement and have an embedded coaching practices. The emphasis is to provide tools that agencies can use to improve knowledge, apply evidence-based practices, and facilitate managers and staff in their use. And, the toolkits are designed to support a learning organization environment.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch

We encourage you to pre-purchase lunch for either day or both days for $14.00 per day. Lunches can be purchased here.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Incident-Based Reporting and the States: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits, and Planning for the Future

With the 2013 introduction of the BJS NCS-X Initiative and the 2016 announcement by the FBI of a full transition to NIBRS by 2021, there is great change ahead for UCR programs in many states across the country. This two-part session will focus on the NCS-X initiative and the value of incident-based crime data. In part one of the session, representatives from BJS will describe the NCS-X initiative, discuss its potential impact at the state and local levels, and demonstrate how analysis of IBR data can produce insights about crime that were previously unattainable through summary reporting data. Part two of the session will feature a demonstration of crime analysis techniques using IBR data by a nationally recognized expert as well as a presentation on the use of NIBRs data by the Virginia SAC. The session will conclude with an open discussion about the potential impact of the NCS-X initiative on the SACs, and how SACS can become more involved in supporting the initiative and in turn, benefit from the NIBRS transition.

    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Erica Smith, Bureau of Justice Statistics

    2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Break

    2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Jim Mcdonough, Virginia

    3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  Julie Wartell, The Analysis Group

    4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Discussion

Thursday, November 9th

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  Law Enforcement Agencies: Understanding, Supporting, and Enhancing the Use of Data

George Shaler, Maine and Kim English, Colorado
In recent years, there have been increasing demands not only for the use of data within law enforcement agencies, but also for law enforcement data that policymakers can use to better understand contemporary policing issues. This session will highlight the challenges law enforcement agencies face in the context of increasing data demands and how SACs and other stakeholders can support and advance LEA use of data, as well as the collection of data from law enforcement sources that sheds light on issues such as officer involved shootings, police contacts with students, and the analysis of race and ethnicity breakdowns at various decision points in the criminal justice system, including arrest.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Using Data to Understand the Need for, and the Impact of, Pre-Trial and Bail Reform Efforts

Erin Farley, JRSA and Karen Gennette, Vermont
Many states are engaged in or exploring the need for pre-trial and bail reform. Since the pretrial phase of criminal justice processing involves multiple criminal justice institutions, agencies and actors (including law enforcement, the courts, prosecutors, public defenders, jails/detention facilities, and pretrial service agencies), accessing trustworthy data to measure the need for and subsequent impact of bail reform efforts can be challenging and labor intensive. This session will focus on common data challenges in pre-trial research, such as accessing data from multiple agencies and assessing data quality and utility. Strategies that can be used to better anticipate and address these challenges also will be discussed.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Using Data to Improve the Delivery and Impact of Reentry Efforts

Dan O'Connell, Center for Drug and Health Studies and Roger Przybylski, JRSA
Access to and proper use of quality data is vital in effectively advancing the current state of knowledge regarding reentry efforts. However, data identified as desirable or necessary for a process or impact analysis may not be available (or collectible due to limited resources and time). This data issue, in conjunction with others, has inhibited standardization of performance and outcome measures (e.g., recidivism) and in turn the advancement in the field. Using Delaware's reentry reform initiative as a case study, this session will describe common issues faced by researchers attempting to evaluate reentry efforts, recommend strategies for addressing data-related challenges, and present examples of evaluation methods that can be used to assess reentry efforts for both formative and summative purposes.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Skill-building Session on Making Data Available Online/ Using Tableau

Kim English and Laurence Lucero, Colorado and Debbie Allen, Adams County, CO Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Many SACs have recognized the value of using web-based applications to provide stakeholders and the public greater access to criminal justice data. This session will demonstrate how high-quality web-based applications have been developed and are being used to inform policy and practice by highlighting work done in this area by two organizations: the Adams County, Colorado, Local Public Safety Coordinating Council and the Colorado SAC. In part one of the session, the chief justice planning officer for Adams County, Colorado, will describe the process carried out in Adams County to engage stakeholders, access data, and build a comprehensive on-line data dashboard and data analytics capacity focused on the Adams County jail population. Live demonstrations of the dashboard and various data analytics will be included in the presentation. Part two of the session will focus on the use of Tableau software for making criminal justice data available on-line. Researchers from the Colorado SAC will discuss the nuts and bolts of using Tableau and will demonstrate how the Colorado SAC uses the software to make a wide range of crime and criminal justice system statistical information available to stakeholders and the public.

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  Break

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  Enhancing the Partnership between BJS, JRSA and the SACs: Questions and Answers; Roles and Responsibilities

Mannone Butler, District of Columbia, Devon Adams, BJS, Jeffrey Sedgwick, JRSA, Roger Przybylski, JRSA, Terrance Ealey, BJS, Stephanie Burroughs, BJS, and Ron Planty, BJS
This session is designed to provide SAC directors and staff with an opportunity to engage in an informal discussion with their peers, BJS staff, JRSA's Executive Director, and a current and former SAC director with extensive experience in building SAC capacity, on contemporary topics of interest as well as on strategies for enhancing SAC capacity and the SAC, JRSA, BJS partnership. Part one of the session will be a question and answer period in which SAC directors and staff will have an opportunity to hear from and engage in a dialog with BJS staff on SJS program issues and other relevant topics. Part two of the session will include brief presentations on the nuts and bolts of SACs, seizing opportunities, and building SAC partnerships and constituencies. Presentations will be followed by an open discussion concerning the roles and responsibilities of SACs and JRSA, as well as strategies for enhancing the capacity and visibility of the SACs and the partnership between the SACs, JRSA and BJS.

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Wrap-up Discussion: Future SAC Capacity-Building Needs

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