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Cooperative Agreement - Advancing Research on Offender Behavioral Change: Sanctions and Incentives
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is further the research to promote the use of responses to behavioral change that support offender pro-social self-change.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a research agenda to further the research around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change.

Objectives:

  1. Identify current evidence-based practices and best practices with the application of sanctions and incentives utilized by the community corrections field that promote offender pro-social self-change.
  2. Further the research by developing a research agenda that will address the knowledge and
  3. Address the literature gap around the application of sanctions and incentives as an evidence-based approach to support offender behavior modification.

Deliverables:

In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

  1. Develop research design to identify what best practices exist for incorporating sanctions and incentives into a comprehensive behavioral management model.
  2. Develop a white paper summarizing research findings.
  3. Based on research findings develop a research agenda to expand the body of knowledge around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change.
  4. Develop a report, for community corrections practitioners, outlining approaches to build an accumulative body of research that supports the effective use of sanctions and incentives within community supervision models.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on July 3, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Question: Is this grant intended to fund original research (with say, some effort to capture current provider practices) or a rigorous and comprehensive review (or meta-analysis) of the literature?

Answer: “ The deliverables for this product will include identifying current evidence-based and best practices regarding the application of sanctions and incentives utilized by community corrections practitioners; developing a white paper summarizing the findings and developing a research agenda to expand the body of knowledge around the use of these type of behavioral interventions.”

Question: The announcement also uses the term ‘program’ quite a bit. Again, is this funding for a direct services program (and accompanying evaluation) or for research on what other programs have done?

Answer:

“Funding will support activities outlined in the deliverables noted on page 6 of the solicitation”

Question: Under the “Deliverables” section it states that the applicant should “develop research design to identify what best practices exist for incorporating sanctions and incentives into a comprehensive behavioral management model” and “develop a white paper summarizing research findings.” This wording seems to suggests either we need to develop and conduct research to identify what practices lead to the best or most effective outcomes with sanctions and incentives (a difficult task given the budget and 12 month time frame for this solicitation), or a large scale review of existing research on the use of sanctions and incentives in community supervision and identifying what best practices emerge from this research (a body of research that doesn’t yet exist)." Which is it?

Answer: Conduct a large scale review of existing research and what best practices exist for incorporating sanctions and incentives into a comprehensive behavioral management model.

Question: Our idea is to collaborate with the Community Corrections Collaborative Network to survey administrators to help identify agencies that are incorporating sanctions and incentives well. Is this something that NIC/CCCN would consider?

Answer: For NIC to consider providing resources to an applicant during the competitive process to support their proposal is inappropriate.




Posted Wed, May 3 2017 12:17 PM by Susan Powell

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