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Experimental Evaluation of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Second Chance Act Adult Demonstration Projects

Award Information

Award #
2010-RY-BX-0003
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2010
Total funding (to date)
$3,554,357

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $2,999,998)

This proposed evaluation of the Second Chance Act adult demonstration project will include three components: an impact evaluation, an implementation study, and a cost-effectiveness analysis. In conducting the SCA evaluation, an impact analysis will be conducted in six Second Chance Act adult demonstration project sites. Supplemental data will be collected from states Department of Corrections on arrests, convictions, and incarceration. Site selection will be determined by NIJ. The impact analysis will make use of a range of statistical tests and methods, including simple t-tests for differences in means and multivariate methods to be used in generating regression-adjusted impact estimates. An implementation study will complement the impact study by providing important evidence on how the Second Chance Act programs operated, including what partnerships they formed, how their programs were administered and managed, and what services were provided. A cost effectiveness analysis will shed further light on the Second Chance Act initiative by relating program costs to outcomes achieved. Results will be disseminated in Interim and Final Reports, and through various briefings to NIJ and professional audiences. ca/ncf

The proposed evaluation of the Second Chance Act (SCA) adult offender reentry demonstration projects will include three components: an impact evaluation, an implementation study, and a cost-effectiveness analysis. The impact evaluation will include a randomized controlled trial at seven sites. Supplemental data will be collected from states Department of Corrections on arrests, convictions, and incarceration. The impact analysis will make use of a range of statistical tests and methods, including simple t-tests for differences in means and multivariate methods to be used in generating regression-adjusted impact estimates. An implementation study will complement the impact study by providing important evidence on how the SCA programs operated, including what partnerships they formed, how their programs were administered and managed, and what services were provided. A cost effectiveness analysis will shed further light on the SCA initiative by relating program costs to outcomes achieved.
Supplemental funds have been provided to allow the completion of two additional tasks for the SCA evaluation. First, funds will be used to extend the current follow-up period for the sample of participants in the evaluation from 6 to 12 months post-release. The extension of the follow-up period will allow the grantee to determine 1-year recidivism rates for the sample. Second, funds will be used to collect administrative data for all participants served by the seven SCA grantees, including the grantees served in their first year of funding.ca/ncf

Date Created: September 19, 2010