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Evidence-Based Programs & 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.


Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
The Blueprints mission is to promote interventions that reduce antisocial behavior and promote a healthy course of youth development and adult maturity. Blueprints promotes only those interventions with the strongest scientific support 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.

Campbell Collaboration
The Campbell Collaboration is an international social science research network that produces high quality, open and policy-relevant evidence syntheses, plain language summaries, and policy briefs.

Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation & Research (CLEAR)
The mission of the US Department of Labor’s CLEAR is to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the public more broadly so that it can inform their decisions about labor policies and programs. CLEAR identifies and summarizes many types of research, including descriptive statistical studies and outcome analyses, implementation, and causal impact studies.

Our mission is to promote evidence-informed health decision-making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence. Cochrane’s work is internationally recognized as the benchmark for high-quality information about the effectiveness of health care, including behavioral health and substance use disorders.

This National Institute of Justice 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 of practice achieves its goals.

National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices
The Public Safety Division provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff about emerging policy trends across a range of issues, including cybersecurity, prescription drug abuse, public safety broadband, sentencing and corrections reform, and justice information-sharing.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

PEW Results First Clearinghouse Database
The Results First Clearinghouse Database is an online resource that brings together information on the effectiveness of social policy programs from nine national clearinghouses. It applies color-coding to the clearinghouses’ distinct rating systems, creating a common language that enables users to see where each program falls on a spectrum from negative impact to positive impact. As such, this database can help users easily access and understand the evidence base for a variety of programs.

Social Programs That Work
This site seeks to identify those social programs shown in rigorous studies to produce sizable, sustained benefits to participants and/or society, so that they can be deployed to help solve social problems. The specific purpose is to enable policy officials and other readers to distinguish credible findings of program effectiveness from the many others that claim to be.

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.

Trust for America’s Health
Trust for America’s Health promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority. The TFAH often focuses on the antecedents of poor health and on prevention, develops reports and other resources and initiatives, and recommends policies, to advance an evidence-based public health system that is ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.


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.

Family Violence

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.

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
The mission of the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) is to advance the effective implementation of evidence-based practices for children and families involved with the child welfare system.

Center for Victim Research:
The Center for Victim Research is designed to serve as a one-stop shop for victim service providers and researchers to connect and share knowledge to increase (1) access to victim research and data and (2) the utility of research and data collection to crime victim services nationwide.

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.

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.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, & Research
The Field Center brings together multiple disciplines and the nation’s foremost experts in child welfare to collaborate on reforming the systems that are responsible for protecting children.

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.

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.

The Williams Institute
The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.  A think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media, and the public.


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.

Council of State Governments Justice Center: What Works in 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.

Implementing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Community Corrections, 2nd Ed.
This National Institute of Corrections (NIC) report defines evidence-based practice, discusses the principles of effective intervention, and provides a guide for community corrections agencies to transform themselves into evidence-based organizations.

Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections: The Principles of Effective Intervention with Offenders
This National Institute of Corrections (NIC) report presents principles of effective, evidence-based interventions with offenders, and how to implement them at the case, agency, and system levels.

Risks-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) Simulation Tool
The RNR Simulation Tool 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. The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University provides this resource.

What Works? General Principles, Characteristics, and Examples of Effective Programs
The purpose of this Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction report is to identify  the  major  characteristics  of  effective  offender  programming  as  found  in  the  research  literature  and  provide  a  description  of  programs  that  work.


Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
The mission of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies. It does so by making readily accessible information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems.

Proactive Policing: Effects on Crime and Communities
This 2018 report by the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, reviews the effectiveness of proactive policing approaches that began in the 1980s and 1990s. This report uses the term “proactive policing” to refer to all policing strategies that have as one of their goals the prevention or reduction of crime and disorder and that are not reactive in terms of focusing primarily on uncovering ongoing crime or on investigating or responding to crimes once they have occurred.

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.

National Police Foundation
The National Police Foundation’s mission is to advance policing through innovation and science. It is the oldest nationally known, non-profit, non-partisan, and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving policing.


Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda
This 2019 report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine highlights effective, evidence-based practices that prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in childhood and adolescence across different systems. The report includes two chapters on effective implementation in communities.

National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC)
NPSC’s ultimate goal is to infuse a prevention mentality into the public and private sectors, where the emphasis is more on proactively preventing problems rather than reactively responding to them. The NPSC website includes video of over 20 congressional briefings on crime and justice related issues.

Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty
This 2019 consensus study report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine reviews the research on the effects of child poverty on child well-being, and later problem behaviors such as delinquency and crime, and analyzes the poverty-reducing effects of major assistance programs directed at children and families. This report also provides policy and program recommendations for reducing the number of children living in poverty in the United States by half within 10 years.


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.

Collective Impact Forum
The Collective Impact Forum exists to support the efforts of those who are practicing collective impact in the field. While the rewards of collective impact can be great, the work is often demanding. Those who practice it must keep themselves and their teams motivated and moving forward.


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

Bureau of Justice Assistance Center for Research Partnerships and Program Evaluation (CRPPE)
BJA's CRPPE provides visitors with information on practitioner-researcher partnerships, performance measures, logic models, program evaluation, and other important information to devise solutions to improve the quality, quantity, and equity of criminal justice and public safety services.

Evaluation Uncertainty: Surprises in Programs and their Evaluations
The common theme of this blog is that we are too frequently surprised by events we did not anticipate; with fires we must put out. The goal is to help develop a community of interest in moving from firefighting to anticipatory, systematic planning.

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


Cost Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice
A joint project with the Vera Institute of Justice and other justice partners, 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.

National Implementation Research Network (NIRN)
The National Implementation Research Network uses the science and practice of implementation to help solve real world problems. NIRN approaches problems with a multidisciplinary focus, with the mission to contribute to the best practices and science of implementation, organization change, and system reinvention to improve outcomes across the spectrum of human services.

Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices
This briefing from the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) examines the sustainability of evidence-based practices, and presents a number of factors and strategies for achieving program sustainment.

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 and juveniles in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems.