See how CrimeSolutions.gov can be used to help address criminal activity in your community.
Overview of CrimeSolutions.gov
The National Institute of
Justice's CrimeSolutions.gov uses research to rate
the effectiveness of programs and practices in achieving criminal justice
related outcomes in order to inform practitioners and policy makers about what
works, what doesn't, and what's promising in criminal justice,
juvenile justice, and crime victim services.
CrimeSolutions.gov is a central,
reliable resource to help you understand what works in justice-related programs
and practices. Our purpose is to assist in practical decision-making and
program implementation by gathering information on specific justice-related
programs and practices and reviewing the existing evaluation and meta-analysis
research against standardized criteria.
This website does NOT constitute an
endorsement of particular programs or practices. Furthermore, it is not
intended to replace or supersede informed judgment and/or innovation. We
recognize that rigorous evaluation evidence is one of several factors to
consider in justice programming, policy, and funding decisions. We also
recognize the importance of encouraging and supporting innovative approaches
that may not yet have extensive evidence of effectiveness.
On CrimeSolutions.gov you will
Need help understanding a term you see on
CrimeSolutions.gov? Check out our Glossary.
How to Use What You Find
Do you run your own site or blog? You can provide your visitors with access to the program profiles and ratings most recently posted to CrimeSolutions.gov, add one of the available CrimeSolutions.gov program widgets to your site. Learn how.
We also have 1-page CrimeSolutions.gov flier that you can print and share with your colleagues.
Criminal justice practitioners can improve
their effectiveness by:
- Familiarizing yourself with evidence-based programs and practices
in your field.
- Replicating an evidence-based program or practice.
- Adapting an evidence-based program or practice.
Policymakers can inform funding
Creating incentives to use evidence-based programs and practices.
Creating incentives for ongoing innovation and the generation of
evidence-based programs and practices
Trainers can improve their training
- Developing training materials and resources for evidence-based
Researchers can become more informed
on criminal justice research by:
- Consulting CrimeSolutions.gov evidence standards to strengthen
program evaluation designs.
- Focusing on evaluating "Promising" programs using
rigorous evaluation designs to build the body of evidence and increase
confidence in program effectiveness.
Learn more on "How to Use the Information You Find on
Review and Rating Process
For programs, the
reviewers use a Program Scoring
Instrument for each study and assign scores across multiple criteria
within four dimensions:
- Study Design Quality
- Study Outcomes
- Program Fidelity
One evidence rating is assigned for each
program that is reviewed.
For practices, the
reviewers use a Practice Scoring
Instrument for each meta-analysis and assign scores across multiple
criteria within two dimensions:
- Overall Quality
- Internal Validity
One evidence rating is assigned for
each outcome that is reviewed within a practice.
For more details, see:
The information and ratings
included on CrimeSolutions.gov are not static. As additional evidence becomes
available, our content will be updated and supplemented to reflect the most
current information and research. We also rely on users to provide us with
feedback about the CrimeSolutions.gov website. What is useful and what is not?
What additional features would you like to see on the site in the future? Do
you have concerns about evidence ratings or information contained on
CrimeSolutions.gov? You can send us your thoughts via Submit Feedback and learn
more about the appeals process.
CrimeSolutions.gov and the Model Programs Guide
welcome program and practice nominations.
When submitting a program or practice for
consideration, it is helpful to include as much descriptive information as
possible and to identify relevant social science evaluations, meta-analyses, or
other research (including citations).