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Office of Criminal Justice Services Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

OCJS encourages the use of data-driven responses to criminal justice issues. The following are links to valuable resources to data and statistics, research, and evidence-based practices in criminal justice and related fields.


AEquitas' (|'ekwitäs|; EH-qui-tahs) mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability.


Battered Women’s Justice Project
BWJP promotes systemic change within the civil and criminal justice systems to ensure an effective and just response to victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV), and the children exposed to this violence.


Best Practices Tool-Kit: Community Corrections and Evidence-Based Practices
Produced by the Ohio Institute on Correctional Best Practices, this document identifies the principles of effective intervention drawn from evidence-based research and how that translates into effective practice in community corrections.


Blueprints for Violence Prevention
The Blueprints mission is to identify truly outstanding violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness. To date, it has assessed more than 900 programs.


BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC)
NTTAC supports public safety practitioners, elected officials, and non-profit organizations, including the faith-based community, with technical assistance training, information dissemination, and conference facilitation.


Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
Provides information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems.


Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice
Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS) works with government and nonprofit organizations to enhance efforts to prevent and address interpersonal violence and related crimes, including domestic violence and sexual assault. The center specializes in fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration and promoting policies and practices that hold abusers accountable, prioritize safety, and also help survivors heal. By combining staff expertise and skills with the practical knowledge of professionals in the field, it provides technical assistance and guidance that is timely, relevant, and reflective of current best practices.


In partnership with the Center for Effective Public Policy and the State Justice Institute, BJA’s collaborativejustice.org website offers tools and resources needed to establish, enhance, and sustain effective long-term collaborative partnerships among policymakers and other key stakeholders in your community.


Cost Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice
A joint project with the Vera Institute of Justice, the CBKB provides resources for justice practitioners and policymakers interested in using cost-benefit analysis methods and applications to better evaluate the economic impact of criminal justice policy choices.


Council of State Governments Justice Center Reentry Clearinghouse
The What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse offers easy access to important research on the effectiveness of a wide variety of reentry programs and practices. It provides a user-friendly, one-stop shop for practitioners and service providers seeking guidance on evidence-based reentry interventions, as well as a useful resource for researchers and others interested in reentry.


This website uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. It includes research on program effectiveness and easily understandable ratings (effective, promising, no effects) on whether a program achieves its goals.


Domestic Violence Evidence Project
The Domestic Violence Evidence Project, an initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), is designed to respond to the growing emphasis on identifying and integrating evidence-based practice.


End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
Extensive resources and information on best practices to guide improvements in the criminal justice and community response to violence against women.


Evidence-Based Policing Matrix
The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix is a research-to practice translation tool that categorizes and visualizes policing evaluations according to three common dimensions of crime prevention: the nature of the target, the extent to which the strategy is proactive or reactive, and the specificity or generality of the strategy.


Futures Without Violence
For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has developed innovative ways to end violence against women, children, and families at home and around the world. From domestic violence and child abuse to bullying and sexual assault, our groundbreaking programs, policy development, and public action campaigns are designed to build respect and healthy relationships.


Implementing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Community Corrections, 2nd Ed.
Defines evidence-based practice and discusses the principles of effective intervention


International Association of Chiefs of Police
Mission: The IACP shall advance professional police services; promote enhanced administrative, technical, and operational police practices; foster cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police leaders and police organizations of recognized professional and technical standing throughout the world. We shall champion the recruitment and training of qualified persons in the police profession and encourage all police personnel worldwide to achieve and maintain the highest standards of ethics, integrity, community interaction and professional conduct.


National Center for Justice Planning
NCJP is designed for planners at all levels of government and in all agencies and organizations responsible for developing strategies for delivering justice. NCJP facilitates access to resources related to strategic planning and identifies and describes policies and practices proven to be effective based on evidence and replication.


National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices
Develops innovative solutions to today's most pressing public policy challenges


National Guideline Clearinghouse
NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.


National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
VAWnet is a comprehensive and easily accessible online collection of full-text, searchable materials and resources on domestic violence, sexual violence and related issues.  VAWnet is a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and is supported by Cooperative Agreement with the National Center on Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
The NSVRC staff collects and disseminates a wide range of resources on sexual violence including statistics, research, position statements, statutes, training curricula, prevention initiatives and program information. With these resources, the NSVRC assists coalitions, advocates and others interested in understanding and eliminating sexual violence.


Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Ohio’s statewide coalition, OAESV advocates for comprehensive responses and rape crisis services for survivors and empowers communities to prevent sexual violence.


Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN)
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) is a statewide coalition of domestic violence programs, supportive agencies and concerned individuals organizing to ensure the elimination of domestic violence by: providing technical assistance, resources, information and training to all who address or are affected by domestic violence; and promoting social and systems change through public policy, public awareness and education initiatives.


Prevention and Early Intervention
Provides prevention practitioners with information on best and promising practices. Maintained by the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice at the American Institutes for Research in Washington D.C.


Risks-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) Simulation Tool
This project will develop a RNR Simulation Tool that can assist local, state, and/or federal agencies to use the risk-need-responsivity approach in practice through defining the type and nature of correctional options available in their jurisdictions.


Smart Policing Initiative
The Smart Policing Initiative identifies law enforcement tactics and strategies that are effective, efficient, and economical and provides competitive grant funding to support local efforts.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Guide to Evidence-based Practices
SAMHSA, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency, leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation in major topic areas for programs and initiatives related to substance abuse and mental health prevention, treatment, recovery, and related resources. This Web Guide can assist the public with simple and direct connections to Web sites that contain information about interventions to prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders.


Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)

WSIPP’s mission is to carry out practical, non-partisan research on issues of importance to Washington State. Their website includes benefit-cost information on adult and juvenile criminal justice programs, mental health and substance abuse treatment, general prevention and some non-criminal justice programs.

The WSIPP website also includes an inventory of evidence-based practices for prevention and intervention services for children in various systems.


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Statistic and Data Links


Evaluation Websites

American Evaluation Association - Mission to improve evaluation practices and methods and to increase evaluation use.

Ohio Program Evaluators' Group - Nonprofit network of evaluators in Ohio who promote evaluation and research as critical components of service delivery programs.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement

National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center - Designed to assist with the evaluation of juvenile justice programs and implementation of evidence-based initiatives.


Statistics 101 Websites

StatSoft - Electronic statistics textbook


Criminal Justice Data Websites

Publications and Databases - U.S. Data

Crime in the United States

  • Published annually by the FBI
  • Presents Uniform Crime Report (UCR) information on offenses reported, arrests, and police employee data
  • Data presented at the national, state, local level
  • Other FBI annual publications include Hate Crimes and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted

National Crime Victimization Survey

  • Survey conducted annually by the Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Primary source of information on criminal victimization, including crimes not reported to police
  • Other BJS annual publications include Prisoners, Prison Inmates at Midyear, Jail Inmates at Midyear, Probation and Parole, Capital Punishment, and Criminal Victimization

U.S. Census Bureau

  • Provides data about the nation's people and economy
  • Allows user to query their system to obtain specific statistics

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

  • Presents findings from annual survey conducted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Applied Studies
  • Provides the latest data on prevalence and correlates of substance use, serious mental illness, related problems, and treatment in the civilian population ages 12 or older in the U.S.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

  • Online source of criminal justice statistics funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Brings together justice-related data from 200+ sources, broken into six categories: criminal justice characteristics; public opinion on crime and justice issues; crime and victims; arrests and seizures; courts, prosecution, and sentencing, parole, jails, prisons, death penalty

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

  • Federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information
  • Hundreds of published reports and other information products available for download

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Statistical Briefing Book

  • Created by OJJDP, it enables users to access online information to learn about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
  • Includes various national-level reports on juveniles as offenders, victims, in the court system, probation, corrections, and aftercare

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Violence Prevention

  • Part of the CDC's Injury Center
  • Information on violence prevention, including child and elder maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, youth violence


Publications and Databases - Ohio Data

State of Crime and Justice in Ohio

  • Published by OCJS, the most recent comprehensive version is from 2007
  • Condensed 2010 version, Ohio Criminal Justice Statistics, also available
  • Presents a concise overview of Ohio's justice system and data across all elements of the criminal justice system

Ohio County Profiles

  • Provides county-level data on population, vital statistics, and economic and other indicators
  • Department of Development website also has Ohio Census information

Ohio Courts Summary/Ohio Courts Statistical Report
Published annually by the Ohio Supreme Court, describes Ohio's court structure and presents data on the Ohio Supreme Court; Courts of Appeals; Court of Claims; Courts of Common Pleas (General division, Domestic Relations, Probate, Juvenile); Municipal Courts; and County Courts.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reports

  • Annual Report
  • Commitment Report
  • Average Cost per Inmate
  • Master Population Counts
  • Intake Study

Ohio Attorney General's Office reports

  • Capital Crimes
  • Concealed Carry
  • Crime Victims
  • Domestic Violence
  •  Health Care Fraud
  • Missing Children Clearinghouse
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

Office of the Ohio Public Defender reports and statistics

Ohio Department of Youth Services reports and statistics

  • Youth Admissions to DYS
  •  Felony Adjudication Report
  • Youth Transferred to Adult Court
  • RECLAIM Ohio statistics
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact Report

Ohio Department of Education Data
Provides district-level data down to individual school data regarding disciplinary incidents, demographic information, and other information.

Ohio Department of Health reports and statistics

  • Data and statistics page provides access to information on wide variety of Ohio health issues in addition to information vital statistics, health surveys (including behavioral risk surveys, youth risk surveys), and opiate abuse/overdose
  • Information Warehouse allows user to build data tables on birth and death data

The Burns Institute
National non-profit that focuses on ensuring the equitable treatment of poor youth and youth of color in the juvenile justice system. Website includes an interactive state data map that also includes some county-level data.

Find Youth Info
Website created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs has an evidence-based program directory search tool which can be searched by keyword, risk factor, and protective factor.


Traffic Safety Data Websites

Centers for Disease Control, Injury and Violence Prevention and Control

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute
The Highway Loss Data Institute provides scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles.

Ohio Crash Statistics

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)