Training and technical assistance (TTA) is designed to help criminal justice professionals, organizations and program be more effective through the replication of model programs and approaches; increase knowledge and use of best practices, emerging technologies, and new models; and helping agencies and jurisdictions identify and address operational and programmatic needs. Technical assistance providers are described below:
NCJA Training and Technical Assistance
The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) supported through funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) can provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to state criminal justice administering agencies (SAA) to build sustainable capacity to engage in community and evidence-based strategic planning to improve the administration of justice. NCJA works collaboratively with BJA and the SAAs to provide on-site training and technical assistance hold a series of monthly webinars, conducts conferences for SAAs and their partners, and creates and disseminates publications to assist SAAs in developing statewide strategic plans. NCJA also provides a mechanism for outside leaders and experts to provide guidance on the types of evidence-based practices available in various program areas.
The technical assistance available is flexible. The only requirement is that it relates to building or enhancing the strategic planning capacity of the SAA and their stakeholders and facilitates the use of evidence-based programs and practices as part of the strategic planning. To the extent possible, NCJA builds on the capacity of the SAA staff, and uses current and former SAA directors or their staff as TA providers to fully embrace peer-to-peer information sharing and education.
Please complete the online TA Request Form to request training and technical assistance. For questions, please contact NCJA Executive Director, Cabell Cropper.
OJP Training and Technical Assistance
The Office of Justice Programs supports a broad range of training and technical assistance projects, such as information sharing, conferences and workshops, strategic planning, and staff development. View OJP TTA providers by topic.
In addition, OJP launched the Diagnostic Center in spring 2012 as a technical assistance resource designed to help state, city, county and tribal policymakers and community leaders use data to make decisions about criminal justice programming. The Diagnostic Center invests in what works by bridging the gap between data and criminal justice policy at the state, local and tribal levels. Diagnostic Center engagements are intended to build community capacity to use data to make short-and long-term evidence-based decisions about criminal justice and public safety. Specifically, Diagnostic Center engagements enhance the ability of public safety executives to collect and use local data to understand the jurisdiction's issues, make decisions about programs and practices and support efforts to integrate data and evidence into policies that address a variety of topics within the criminal justice, juvenile justice and victim services arena.
The defining characteristic of the OJP Diagnostic Center is its approach to being smart on crime by helping state and local leaders apply what works in criminal justice in their communities. OJP's diagnostic approach to finding and implementing what works in addressing criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services issues takes a systems theory approach that first investigates the many factors that may be contributing to crime in a community. To make real change in our communities, public safety concerns must be addressed through multi-disciplinary strategies that recognize how one factor contributes to changes in another factor.
OJP works with communities to diagnose their unique criminal justice, juvenile justice, or victim services issue and to implement data-driven programs tailored to particular community’s risks and strengths. To do this, the OJP Diagnostic Center provides technical assistance to state, local, and tribal government executives and community leaders through a three-phased process that focuses on being smart on crime through the use of data-driven crime solutions: Investigate, Diagnose, and Implement and Assess.
In addition to providing on customized technical assistance, the Diagnostic Center also provides communities with access to additional resources within the U.S. Department of Justice such as CrimeSolutions.gov.