Roger K. Przybylski has joined the Justice Research and Statistics Association's research, training and technical assistance team as Interim Research Director effective May 15, 2017. Mr. Przybylski takes over the role of Research Director from Stan Orchowsky, who moves into the role of Senior Research Fellow as part of an expansion of JRSA's research capabilities, which better aligns with the implementation of JRSA's strategic plan adopted in 2015.
"I'm pleased to accept Executive Director Sedgwick's invitation to join JRSA's staff as Interim Research Director at this important time of growth and opportunity for the Association," said Przybylski. "As someone who has devoted his career to the fair and effective administration of justice and the development and application of data-driven evidence to achieve those ends, I strongly believe that applied research and statistical analysis have a critical role to play in informing policy and practice at the state, local and national levels, and I am looking forward to working with JRSA, the SACs and the Association's entire membership to harness opportunities and address our unique challenges in the coming months."
Roger K. Przybylski is a consultant and founder of RKC Group, a company that provides applied research, program evaluation and training and technical assistance services to criminal and juvenile justice organizations across the country. Prior to forming RKC Group in 1997, Mr. Przybylski served as associate director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he directed the agency's research division and the Illinois SAC. He also has served as coordinator of research for the Chicago Police Department, the nation's second largest local law enforcement agency. Mr. Przybylski is a past president of JRSA and former chair of the American Evaluation Association's crime and justice interest group. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University and the University of Illinois-Chicago, and he currently serves as an instructor for the Michigan State University Smart Suite Researcher Practitioner Fellows Academy. Over his 32-year career in criminal justice, Mr. Przybylski has worked as a consultant in 45 states, served as staff to several legislative and executive branch commissions, and authored publications such as Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and What Works: Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs.