With this solicitation, NIJ seeks investigator-initiated proposals to conduct a comprehensive evidence-based analysis of existing evidence to examine how observed racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system might be reduced through public policy. NIJ anticipates making one award.
Services can be defined broadly as actions that assist or help others, or a system that fulfills a need. Culturally specific services are created by and for distinct cultural communities with an emphasis on the voices and experiences of those who will partake of and benefit from those services.
Research is not limited to primary data collection and secondary data analysis. NIJ does not consider compiling extant research and policies, other written literature, or other types of digital or visual media as primary data collection. Given the parameters outlined in the solicitation, applicants should design analyses to achieve the solicitation’s primary goal of identifying public policies that might reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system.
Applicants can incorporate the perspectives of the communities most impacted by these disparities both as to the nature of those disparities and those interventions that may have the greatest potential to positively intervene in an individual’s progressing out of the justice system by compiling and analyzing extant research and policies, other written literature, or other types of digital or visual media.