Results First Webinar Focuses on State Implementation
As state and local budgets have become increasingly strained in recent years, interest in using cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice policymaking and planning has grown. Fourteen states across the country and three California counties are working with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative (Results First) to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach that helps them invest in policies and programs proven to work. On February 18, JRSA held a webinar, "A State Perspective on Implementing Results First," that provided an overview of the initiative as well as a discussion of the work and collaboration involved in its implementation. Sara Dube, a program manager for Results First, discussed the unique cost-benefit approach used by the initiative to make apples-to-apples comparisons to very different programs. Marc Schabses, Cost Benefit Project Coordinator for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and Lisa Sampson, Director of the Massachusetts SAC, discussed the collaboration that took place between agencies in their states to collect the data necessary to run the model, getting "buy-in" from policymakers, and how the results have been used and are being used to make policy and funding decisions. A recording of the webinar is available on JRSA's website under "Resources."