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Analyzing Your Crime Problem Webinar
The School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University hosted a BJA-sponsored webinar titled “Analyzing Your Violent Crime Problem.” The webinar was led by Dr. Edmund McGarrell, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and director of the Michigan Statistical Analysis Center, and Ms. Julie Wartell, an independent advisor on public safety issues relating to crime analysis, problem solving, and justice systems.
The webinar focused on the strategic problem-solving model and how to effectively identify and analyze problems. Topics included how to specify the problem to prepare for the analysis; what sources and types of data can be used; using the appropriate analytic approaches (people, places, networks, contexts); developing “real-time” products and resources for strategic decisionmaking; and connecting problems to prevention options.
This information is relevant to any practitioner, policymaker, or researcher interested in reducing violent crime and enhancing public safety.
Identifying and Working With a Research Partner
Who is a research partner? How can they assist your task force or implementation team? How can you identify and select a research partner to work with? This document presents common questions and answers regarding identifying and working with a research partner.
Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) Simulation Tool
The evidence-based practices (EBP) framework emphasizes that justice agencies should match offenders to services and programs based on their risk and need factors (“the RNR Principles”). The effective use of the RNR Principles is challenging to implement because: 1) The available services for offenders in the community are often not consistent with risks and needs of offenders; and 2) Competing issues exist that make it difficult for policymakers to consider how best to simultaneously manage the offender in the community, ensure public safety, contain or reduce costs, and reduce individual offender recidivism.
This website is a central, credible resource to inform practitioners, policymakers, and researchers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. The site includes information on more than 400 justice-related programs and practices and assigns “evidence ratings” – effective, promising, or no effects – to indicate whether there is evidence from research that a program achieves its goals. Please visit http://www.crimesolutions.gov.