The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for an 18-month period to begin in September 2010. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve organizing four meetings--two annual meetings of the Institutional Corrections Research Network (ICRN) and two other meetings, one focusing on the research needs of jails and the other on a combined research agenda for prisons, jails, and community corrections.
NIC established ICRN in 2007 to promote the development of a stronger research infrastructure in corrections by bringing together agency-based researchers to discuss issues and share insights on the conduct of research in agencies that operate correctional institutions. The network members met annually from 2007-2009 to show examples of the research they were conducting for their agencies, identify new research directions, discuss how they make research relevant to their agency’s mission, and share information and concerns about doing research in a correctional environment. ICRN is modeled after similar efforts sponsored by NIC that bring together corrections professionals from different sectors of corrections and by the Community Corrections Research Network, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, which is made up of researchers working in community corrections agencies. ICRN represents NIC’s ongoing commitment to assist correctional agencies as they work to become more evidence-based in their policies and practices, make greater use of outcome measures and performance standards, and incorporate data-driven approaches in their 2 strategic planning and organizational development.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, July 23, 2010. Selection of the successful applicant and notification of review results to all applicants: September 30, 2010.
A Question was submitted on 6/23;
"It sounds like NIC is looking for logistical meeting coordination only and is not interested in meeting facilitation or assistance with agenda development for these groups. Is that true?"
The solicitation says;
"With input from NIC, the recipient will prepare each meeting agenda..."
"The recipient will also provide a note taker for each meeting..." (so, no facilitator).
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