Evidence-Based Policy and Practice
Federal Government Resources
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) supports law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, victim services, technology, and prevention initiatives that strengthen the nation's criminal justice system. BJA provides leadership, services, and funding to America's communities.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) - Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Showcase
Snapshots of successful and promising practices highlighted from Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) that improve community safety is a priority for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). This page serves as a resource for criminal justice professionals who seek to stay informed of innovative, results oriented projects that have been funded with JAG money.
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, CrimeSolutions.gov
CrimeSolutions.gov is intended to be a central, reliable, and credible resource to help practitioners and policy makers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. It is intended to assist in practical decision making and program implementation. CrimeSolutions.gov recognizes that rigorous evaluation evidence is one of several factors to consider in justice programming and policy decisions. CrimeSolutions.gov is NOT an exhaustive list of all justice-related programs, and a program’s inclusion on this site does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Justice.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) - Model Programs Guide (MPG)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide (MPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities. The MPG database of evidence-based programs covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry.
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) - What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is a source of scientific evidence for what works in education. WWC is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's (DOE) Institute of Education Sciences (IES). It produces research-based recommendations for schools and classrooms; assesses the rigor of research evidence on the effectiveness of interventions; develops and implements standards for reviewing and synthesizing education research; and provides a public and easily accessible registry of education evaluation researchers.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
The National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of more than 160 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. Through this website, members of the public are connected to intervention developers so they can learn how to implement these approaches in their communities.
Non-Federal Government Resources
The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. The Campbell Collaboration helps people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, and social welfare.
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
The Coalition's mission is to increase government effectiveness through rigorous evidence about what social policies are effective. Through its website, the Coalition provides information on social programs in areas such as education, poverty reduction, crime and justice, and substance abuse prevention that have shown evidence of success in well-designed, randomized controlled trials.
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy - Help Desk
In addition to providing assistance to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and federal agencies on evaluation design, the Evidence-Based Policy Help Desk provides assistance on how to design, conduct, carry out, and report on a rigorous evaluation.
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.
Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center - Justice Reinvestment
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is working with a handful of states to implement justice reinvestment strategies. These states are designing policies to manage the growth of the corrections system, improve the accountability and integration of resources concentrated in particular communities, and reinvest a portion of the savings generated from these efforts to make communities receiving the majority of people released from prison safer, stronger, and healthier.
District of Columbia Crime Policy Institute
Established with funding from the Executive Office of the District of Columbia Mayor (EOM), the District of Columbia Crime Policy Institute (DCPI) is a nonpartisan, public policy research organization focused on crime and justice policy in Washington, D.C. DCPI’s mission is to support improvements in the administration of justice and public safety policies through evidence-based research. A collaboration between the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, DCPI researchers seek to expand knowledge of juvenile and criminal justice challenges in the District of Columbia. DCPI produces timely research to help practitioners develop and implement evidence-based crime and justice policy
George Mason University (GMU), Department of Criminology, Law, and Society - Center for Advancing Correctional Evidence (ACE!)
The Center for Advancing Correctional Evidence (ACE!) seeks to revisit contemporary policies that focus on using the correctional umbrella as a response to a variety of social problems. ACE! conducts research and assists policymakers and correctional practitioners with using evidence-based practices and treatments and crafting new policies focused on preventing criminal behavior instead of simply responding to it.
George Mason University (GMU), Department of Criminology, Law and Society - Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP)
The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP), housed within the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, seeks to make scientific research a key component in decisions about crime and justice policies by advancing rigorous studies in criminal justice and criminology and proactively serving as an informational link to practitioners and the policy community.
George Mason University (GMU), Department of Criminology, Law and Society - Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP): The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix
The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix© is a research-to-practice translation tool that categories and visualizes all experimental and quasi-experimental research on police and crime reduction according to three common dimensions of crime prevention – the nature of the target, the extent to which the strategy is proactive or reactive, and the specificity or generality of the strategy. This categorization and visualization of policing evaluation studies reveals three-dimensional clusters of effective studies, which we refer to as "realms of effectiveness." These realms of effectiveness provide insights into the nature and commonalities of effective police strategies and can be used by police agencies to guide various aspects of their operations.
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government - Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
This portal is produced by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation. Browse or search to access news, documents, descriptions of award-winning programs, and information on events in your area of interest related to innovation.
National Implementation Research Network (NIRN)
The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices.
RAND Corporation - Promising Practices Network (PPN)
The Promising Practices Network (PPN) website is a unique resource that offers credible, research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families. Sometimes referred to as a "best practices" website or a "model program" website, PPN is both of those things and much more. In addition to providing information on Programs that Work, PPN also links to additional research information in all areas related to child well-being, including their physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security. These additional resources include Research in Brief, Resources and Tools and Expert Perspectives. To promote successful implementation of best practices and model programs, PPN also screens and posts evidence-based information on effective Service Delivery.
UC Irvine Center for Evidence-Based Corrections
In an effort to put science before politics when managing state correctional populations, the UC Irvine Center for Evidence-Based Corrections taps the research power of the University of California to evaluate juvenile and adult prison programs – including rehabilitation, parole and reentry programs – and provide information that helps corrections officials make policy decisions based on scientific evidence.
University of Cincinnati Center for Criminal Justice Research
The Center for Criminal Justice Research (CCJR) at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) was founded in 1996 to serve the needs of criminal justice agencies locally, statewide, and throughout the nation to facilitate research in the administration of justice and the nature of criminal behavior.The Center offers expertise in a range of areas including survey design, survey implementation, data management, statistical analysis, program evaluation, scientific research, and program planning.
University of Colorado (CU) - Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV): Blueprints for Violence Prevention ("Blueprints")
Blueprints for Violence Prevention ("Blueprints") is a project of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado (CU). The Blueprints' mission is to identify violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness.
Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) conducts practical, non-partisan research at the direction of the Washington state legislature on issues of importance to the state. WSIPP policy analysts and economists, specialists from universities, and consultants conduct the research. WSIPP staff work closely with legislators, legislative and state agency staff, and experts in the field to ensure that studies answer relevant policy questions. Criminal justice is one of many areas explored by the WSIPP.