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JRSA, in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association and with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is working on a project to provide assistance to the State Administering Agencies (SAA) in understanding and implementing evidence-based practices in their states. JRSA surveyed the SAA directors regarding EBPs in their states, and also conducted a literature review. The interviews captured information regarding the varying definitions of evidence-based practices that are employed by the SAAs, research and evaluation resources available to the SAAs and their sub-grantees, and the ways these agencies structure priorities and program decisions based on the needs of their respective states. In addition, respondents provided feedback about factors that facilitate or constrain their involvement in evidence-based practices.

As a result of this effort, JRSA, NCJA, and BJA partnered to present an Executive Session on Evidence-Based Policy and Practice. The session, held on January 8 and 9, 2013, brought together over 100 executive staff of state agencies designated by Governors to manage federal criminal justice assistance, directors of the states' Statistical Analysis Centers (SAC), and federal officials from the Office of Justice Programs and BJA. JRSA and BJA will be following up the Executive Session with additional activities designed to help the SAAs.

JRSA, in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), has produced a series of "toolkits" on promoting the use of evidence-based practices in State Administering Agencies (SAAs). These toolkits include a briefing paper, an executive summary, and a slideshow. The slideshows can be tailored by SAAs to highlight their own efforts in promoting evidence-based practices in their state. Additional toolkits are currently being developed based on feedback from SAA directors.

Toolkit 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices

Toolkit 2: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

Toolkit 3: Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices

For more information, contact Stan Orchowsky at sorchowsky@jrsa.org.

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