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Proposal for an Evaluability Assessment of Law Enforcement Agencies Using the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $299,921)

The Urban Institute will conduct an evaluability assessment of the Data-Driven
Approaches to Crime and Safety (DDACTS) initiative developed by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice. Fifteen sites will be chosen for this assessment from 250 law enforcement agencies that have received DDACTS. Through interviews, reviews of program documentation and on-site observations data will be collected across multiple domains to determine rigorous evaluation feasibility. These will include DDACTS program fidelity, consistency with DDACTS training curricula, implementation process and status, key personnel, adequacy of local data systems and site willingness to support an evaluation. Based upon these data, alternative evaluation designs will be considered for both ex post facto and prospective evaluation purposes. The assessment will culminate in 15 individual site evaluability assessment reports and a cross-site final report. These reports will be available for dissemination to current and future DDACTS locations as well as the law enforcement program evaluation research community and will be able to be used by NIJ and the NHTSA to design rigorous evaluations of DDACTS.ca/ncf

Date Created: August 23, 2012