Criminal justice decision makers and practitioners are using evidence-based policy and practice to support funding decisions and to help decide which public safety programs and initiatives to support in their communities. "While the phrase "evidence-based" has not always been precisely defined..., it has generally been [used] to describe a program or policy supported by outcome evaluations clearly demonstrating effectiveness."1
Utilizing this perspective requires policy makers and practitioners to keep abreast of current trends and research and commit to the importance of evaluation and data driven decision making. On this page you will find information about policies and promising practices and links to national level resources. Policies include guides, internal procedures, and resources that advance the work of criminal justice decision makers. Practices include information about specific evidence based, research informed and evidence generating programs, including NCJA Award Winners, from around the country.
1Drake, Elizabeth K., Aos, Steve, and Miller, Marna G. "Evidence-Based Public Policy Options to Reduce Crime and Criminal Justice Costs: Implications in Washington State." Victims and Offenders. 4 (2009): 170-196.