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Bridging Research and Practice to Advance Juvenile Justice and Safety

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $500,000)

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for research and evaluation activities to organizations that OJJDP designates.

To identify the most pressing research-to-practice gaps and the most relevant research, the Urban Institute will review recently funded OJJDP projects, conduct key informant interviews with research, practitioner, and training/technical assistance experts and convene a cross-disciplinary roundtable. The Urban Institute proposes four core deliverables: (1) a practitioner-oriented brief synthesizing key findings from the data collection activities (described above); (2) a taxonomy of the most promising research studies for translation; (3) an interactive, web-based toolkit for practitioners; and (4) an additional, innovative web-based product developed in coordination with OJJDP. Dissemination will leverage existing platforms and coordinate across existing training, technical assistance and dissemination providers and delivery mechanisms including the National Training and Technical Assistance Center and PerformWell websites. Dissemination will be anchored by two well-publicized webinars, which includes an accompanying social media strategy featuring live Tweets to facilitate immediate dissemination and practitioner engagement.

Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.


The Urban Institute (Urban) has assembled an experienced multidisciplinary team, comprised of researchers from its Justice Policy Center, core staff from its practitioner-focused PerformWell team, and its enhanced communications department, to respond to the second year of funding for Bridging Research and Practice Project to Advance Juvenile Justice and Safety. This proposed team has considerable knowledge of the state of practice-relevant research in core focus areas, gleaned from four decades of first-hand research and evaluation, and a keen appreciation of practitioners and policymakers' desire to know both what to do and how to do it, drawn from its hands-on juvenile justice reform work and PerformWell work. PerformWell-a one-stop, online resource for practitioners that provides research-based guidance for both the selection of meaningful outcomes to measure and implementation to produce consistent positive outcomes efficiently and effectively.
This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 27, 2015