CrimeSolutions.gov and the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse projects serve as complementary resources for the field, with CrimeSolutions.gov providing topical information on effective justice programs and practices, and the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse providing topical information on effective reentry programs. Despite the different topic areas, the projects share many common goals and characteristics. The projects are both funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. What Works in Reentry is a project of the National Reentry Resource Center, a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance funded through the Second Chance Act.
CrimeSolutions.gov and the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse serve a similar function of providing users with online access and analysis of research studies from social science evaluations. To this end, both resources rely on evidence from high quality evaluations that use either experimental or quasi-experimental designs. Furthermore, both employ systematic review techniques and multiple reviewers to assess criteria related to the quality of evaluation design, evaluation outcomes, and program implementation. Both strive to improve practitioner decision making by providing a range of practical information related to each intervention, program, or practice.
The primary difference between the two resources is that the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse was developed to address the evidence base related to reentry and the specific information needs of those working in this field. CrimeSolutions.gov has a more general focus that includes all of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. In large part because of this difference, these two resources employ slightly different evidence review procedures, apply somewhat different weighting criteria, and use different methods to display information.
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