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Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives, Fiscal Year 2020

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With this solicitation, NIJ requests proposals for rigorous research to examine reentry initiatives that incorporate promising practices, strategies, or programs.  NIJ is interested in supporting evaluations of innovative reentry initiatives that focus on offenders with a moderate-to-high risk of reoffending. 

The primary goal of this solicitation is to support the rigorous examination of innovative reentry initiatives, including those in rural communities. NIJ is particularly interested in proposals addressing reentry initiatives (either a program or plan) that begin in institutional settings and continue through release.  Preference in award decisions will be given to proposals for evaluations of an innovative reentry initiative across multiple sites using randomized controlled trials (RCTs).


The following definition of a multisite evaluation is taken from guidelines in place by CrimeSolutions.gov: 

Multisite: This term refers to programs that are 1) evaluated in more than one site across multiple studies, or 2) evaluated at more than one site within a single study.

Multisite evaluations are research designs that contain one of the following:

  1. Geographic independence: The program was evaluated in more than one geographic location.
  2. Jurisdictional or organizational independence of implementation: The program was evaluated in independent jurisdictions, or the program was implemented by independent organizations.
  3. Population independence: The program was evaluated with independent or separate populations that demonstrate unique demographic characteristics.
Date Modified: February 26, 2020
NIJ hosted a webinar to discuss this solicitation on February 21, 2020. The slide presentation and transcript from that webinar will soon be added to the solicitation.
Date Modified: March 04, 2020
On February 21, 2020, NIJ hosted a webinar that provided an overview and discussion of the program. The slides and transcript from this webinar have been added to the end of the solicitation document.
Date Created: January 2, 2020