The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) recently hosted a webinar to launch Phase IV of the Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Initiative. On February 11, 2014, over 70 State and County representatives from the six EBDM states, Oregon, Indiana, Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado, participated in the webinar. The participants were leaders from state Departments of Public Safety, Attorney General's offices, Criminal Justice Commissions, Departments of Corrections, as well as local Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils, Courts, District Attorneys and Community Corrections interested in learning more about how this important initiative can help to advance their justice system goals.
The purpose of the webinar was threefold; to share NIC’s vision for the next phases of EBDM; to provide specific information about Phases IV and Phase V, and to assist the states to determine if the timing is right to expand EBDM to the state level through the submission of a letter of interest to participate in Phase IV technical assistance.
Phase IV technical assistance is designed to provide activities to assist the state’s executive and up to 5 local Criminal Justice Policy teams prepare an application for selection to receive targeted technical assistance in Phase V. Phase V is an intensive planning period, designed to build the state and local team’s capacity to make evidence based decisions at the state and local level.
Participants of the webinar reviewed the overarching goal of EBDM, as a way to create a framework for justice systems to improve system outcomes through true collaborative partnerships, systemic use of research and a shared vision of desired outcomes.
As part of NIC's launch of Phase IV, NIC also brought together teams representing 22 counties and the state Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission in Wisconsin to attend a two-day Summit to learn about EBDM. An example of the impact of that event can be found in this article about Sauk County, Wisconsin, where they are working to improve assessment for low risk offenders. Additional examples of EBDM site activties and products can be found on the EBDM OneLess site.
If you would like more information about the Evidence Based Decision Making in Local and State Criminal Justice Systems please contact Katie Green either by email- firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-307-0149.
This blog is funded by a contract from the National Institute of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.