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FY 2018 State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis CentersTechnical Assistance Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $499,877)

The purpose of the State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers Technical Assistance (SJS-SACTA) Program is to support the goals and objectives of the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) State Justice Statistics Program, and provide direct technical assistance and training to statistical analysis centers to enhance their statistical, research, and organizational capabilities.

To meet the goals and objectives of the SJS-SACTA program, the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) is proposing to accomplish the following: 1) building statistical capacity in and improving the quality of the deliverables produced by state SACs; 2) providing technical assistance and editorial assistance to the SACs; 3) developing and maintaining a mutual assistance program for SACs; 4) maintaining a database of organizational activities, research projects, and publications; 5) providing information to SACs on IRBs; 6) publishing materials and disseminating information to the SACs; 7) designing and providing skill-building professional seminars and regional meetings for the SACs; and, 8) providing orientation for new SAC directors. JRSA has recently expanded and enhanced its member committees to further meet the goals and objectives of the program.

JRSA has developed a model for providing training and technical assistance to the SACs that includes: 1) creating a working definition of SAC capacity; 2) developing and delivering a training and technical assistance system to meet the requirements of the definition; and, 3) developing performance metrics to assess improvements in SAC capacity. JRSA purchased iCohere, a web-based unified learning system, to facilitate access to webinars, online courses, virtual conferences and other resources to the SACs.


Date Created: September 21, 2018