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Identifying Global Data and Standards for the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $147,482)

The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.

The Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) is located within the Research and Policy Analysis Division (RPAD). RPAD is a division within the Office of Grants and Research (OGR), the arm of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) that serves as the State Administrative Agency (SAA) for federal criminal justice, highway safety and homeland security grant funds. The OGR serves as the SAA and is responsible for the administration of federal and state grants that cover all stages of the criminal justice system. Through the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (ICJIS) strategic bond plan, numerous critical databases related to criminal justice and public safety are currently being centralized and upgraded. There is ongoing funding for operations staff to support the ICJIS security, network, hardware, and application architectures. However, a formalized plan does not exist to maximize the operational, research, and policymaking value of these systems. To do so, key data must be identified, standardized, integrated and centralized across a reporting platform. To achieve this goal, the SAC proposes to use SJS funding to complete the first phase of a multi-year project to identify global data and standards for the ICJIS platform that will enhance research, analysis and public policy decision-making. The SAC will establish a team of criminal justice practitioners to form a Data and Standards Team responsible for identifying and developing standards for the data that will become more readily available as a result of these automated data exchanges. Consolidating and synthesizing the data will support statewide criminal justice research and data-driven policy decision-making. The following major deliverables will be completed during the award period: 1. Identify and document global data needs for research and analysis and public policy development; 2. Formalize a sustainable data process with agency business leaders and public policy group; 3. Develop a formalized mechanism that addresses research, planning and data-driven policy decision-making; 4. Develop standard management reports for Commonwealth-wide criminal justice statistics; 5. Establish business rules and standards for managing the data; 6. Develop a system tool to routinely assess data quality and adherence to reporting standards. The successful completion of this phase of the project will enable the SAC to use administrative data to complete research on the stock populations for county and state corrections, parole, and probation. The ultimate project goal is to enable the SAC and its partner agencies to utilize administrative data to fully participate in social financing initiatives, cost-benefit analysis of evidence-based programs, statewide strategic planning and performance management, and other innovative justice programs. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 27, 2014