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August 10-13, 2014 - Breckenridge, Colorado

The 2014 National Forum on Criminal Justice showcased programs, research, and technologies to help justice practitioners and decision makers in states, local communities, and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues. Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), and the IJIS Institute, the National Forum on Criminal Justice is the only national conference that brings leaders from criminal justice agencies together with top criminal justice researchers, as well as technologists from companies that specialize in providing solutions to justice agencies. Workshop sessions featured speakers from each discipline to showcase innovative programs and highlight how research and technology help drive good policy.

JRSA hosted three postconference seminars for Forum attendees on August 13th at the Beaver Run Convention Center.

JRSA Postconference Seminars

Wednesday, August 13

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

SESSION I: Performance Measurement

About this Session:

Most granting agencies require their subgrantees to develop performance measures as part of the application process, but unfortunately this is often the weakest part of their applications. This workshop will focus on how best to assist subgrantees in the development and implementation of meaningful performance measures for their programs. Participants will be asked to share information about strategies that have been successful in their own states, as well as challenges they have experienced in performance measurement. The workshop will also provide information sources for possible performance measures for specific programs.

About the Instructors:

Dr. Stan Orchowsky is the Research Director of the Justice Research and Statistics Association, where he has managed several projects designed to increase the capacity of state and local program managers in evaluation, performance measurement, and use of evidence-based practices. Prior to joining JRSA in 1995, Stan was the Evaluation Section Chief for the Virginia SAC.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

SESSION II: Research and Policy Analysis Using Administrative Records

About this Session:

The Bureau of Justice Statistics is encouraging state SACs to expand the use of administrative records for research. Initial discussion in this seminar will focus on the development of partnerships with criminal justice and other state and local public sector agencies to: 1) facilitate the acquisition and processing of administrative data sets, and 2) establish formalized protocols for the maintenance, management, and secondary dissemination of the data. The presenters will then provide specific examples of and instruction in how SACs can employ these data sets, and utilize them in ways that compensate for deficiencies in more customary criminal justice statistical resources such as UCR, NIBRS, and data summaries produced by state court administrative and probation offices. Particular emphasis will be on the development of tools and methodologies that collate and link data across domains, and provide analytical capabilities to support crime and criminal justice trend analysis, applied research and evaluation, program development support, and policy analysis/legislative impact studies.

About the Instructors:

Mark Myrent has served as Illinois SAC Director since 2007, where he manages a staff of 14 analysts. He has recently overseen research studies on several topics, including employment restrictions for persons with criminal records, performance assessment for multijurisdictional drug task forces, disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system, and development of performance indicators for violence prevention programs. He previously served as Research Director for Cook County Juvenile Court, and produced several analyses of juvenile detention alternatives. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in criminal justice from University of Illinois Chicago.

Mark Powers has served as Research Analyst and Statistician at the Illinois SAC since 2006, and has served as project manager for development of the agency's web-based data tools, including the criminal history and recidivism tool for prisoner and probation cohorts that received JRSA's Technology Innovation Award in 2013. He also provides ongoing support to the state's Sentencing Policy Advisory Council, and has been integral to development of a state cost-benefit tool. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice from Loyola University Chicago.

Nate Steinfeld joined the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council as Research Director in 2013. As such, he is responsible for conducting legislative bill analysis pertaining to policies that potentially increase prison, jail, and probation populations. He previously provided intern support to the Wisconsin SAC. Nate holds both a master's degree in Public Affairs and a law degree from University of Wisconsin.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SESSION III: Implementation Science 101 - Why Good Programs Fail and What You Can Do to Facilitate Success

About this Session:

Although crime control policy and program development processes are increasingly being informed by scientific evidence, identifying and adopting what works is only part of what is needed to realize positive outcomes. Evidence-based programs and practices still have to be implemented with fidelity and integrity in order to be successful. Unfortunately, implementation is not an easy task, as perfectly ordinary circumstances present serious obstacles to sound implementation in real-world settings. Implementation science, however, can help practitioners and researchers tackle implementation challenges so that the promise of evidence-based practice can be more fully realized. This workshop will introduce participants to the conceptual underpinnings and practical applications of this emerging body of knowledge, with an emphasis on fidelity measurement and criminal justice system examples that illustrate how implementation science can be used to achieve positive outcomes that are scalable and sustainable over time.

About the Instructors:

Roger Przybylski is an applied research and evaluation consultant who has worked with practitioners, policy makers, and researchers on evidence-based programming and evaluation issues in 43 states. Prior to forming his consulting service in 1997, Mr. Przybylski held research and management positions in criminal justice agencies at the state and local levels, most recently serving as Research Director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. He also has served as Coordinator of Research for the Chicago Police Department. In 2008, Mr. Przybylski authored the publication What Works: Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs, and he served as guest editor for the 2012 special issue of the Justice Research and Policy journal focused on evidence-based policy and practice.


The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Justice Research and Statistics Association sponsored national conferences for more than 25 years in order to bring together the state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs), justice practitioners from other government agencies, and researchers to discuss current justice topics and promote the use of justice statistics and research in policy development. The Presentation Archive contains copies of presentations from 2001-2010.

Presentation Archive

Annual JRSA and BJS Awards

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