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OJJDP Bridging Research and Practice Project to Advance Juvenile Justice and Safety

Goals and Objectives

Working closely with OJJDP, the the Urban Institute (Urban) team is developing resources to advance the application of research and research-based strategies across four primary components of the juvenile justice system: (1) prevention and diversion; (2) community-based alternatives to placement; (3) detention and secure confinement; and (4) reentry.

This project will:

  • Review recently funded OJJDP projects to identify pressing research to practice gaps and poll core stakeholders on needs in research, practice, and training and technical assistance.

  • Develop practitioner-oriented resources, such as briefs synthesizing key findings from data collection activities, web-based toolkits, and other innovative products.

  • Implement strategies to disseminate findings and products and integrate the resources within existing web and training and technical assistance platforms.

For this project, Urban has assembled an experienced, multidisciplinary team of researchers from its Justice Policy Center, core staff from its practitioner-focused Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy and Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, and staff from its strategic communications department. This project team has considerable knowledge of the state of practice-relevant research in juvenile justice and a keen appreciation of practitioners' and policymakers' desire to know both what to do and how to do it.

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Date Created: January 30, 2020