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In addition to continuing to capture ongoing reviews of justice programs, CrimeSolutions.gov now also presents reviews of justice practices. A practice is a general category of activities, strategies, or procedures that share similar characteristics with regard to the issues they address and how they address them. While CrimeSolutions.gov program profiles can answer questions like "Did the ABC Mentoring Program in Anytown, USA achieve its goals?", a practice profile might be used to answer "Does mentoring usually achieve its goals?" See Why Programs and Practices? to learn more.
On CrimeSolutions.gov you will find:
- Research on the effectiveness of programs and practices as reviewed and rated by Expert Reviewers
- Easily understandable ratings based on the evidence that indicates whether a program or practice achieves its goals: (Program Review and Rating from Start to Finish and Practice Review and Rating from Start to Finish)
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- Profiles of programs and practices with research findings
What is the difference between programs and practices on CrimeSolutions.gov?
|Description||A specific set of activities carried out according to guidelines to achieve a defined purpose.||A general category of programs, strategies, or procedures that share similar characteristics with regard to the issues they address and how they address them.|
|Question Answered||How effective is this specific program according to the most rigorous evaluation(s) available?||How effective is this general practice on average across many evaluations?|
|Example||Did the ABC Mentoring Program in Anytown, USA achieve its goals?||Does mentoring usually achieve its goals?|
Read more About CrimeSolutions.govCrimeSolutions.gov is not an exhaustive list of all justice-related programs and practices, and inclusion on this site does not constitute an endorsement of a program or practice by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more.
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) Therapeutic Community
Program Summary: A prison-based drug treatment program based on the principles of therapeutic communities (TC).
Reducing Gun Violence
Practice Summary: Various firearm-violence interventions that aim to reduce gun-related crimes and homicides in neighborhoods and communities.
Camera Use to Prevent Crime in Commuter Parking Facilities (Washington, D.C.)
Program Summary: A crime prevention strategy designed to reduce crime in Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority parking facilities through the introduction of digital cameras at the exits of the parking facilities to capture images of patrons’ license plates as they exited the facility.
Targeted Interventions for Corrections (TIC)
Program Summary: Six brief life-skill interventions to be used in a variety of correctional-based settings that address the core aspects of addiction treatment and recovery.
National Guard ChalleNGe Program
Program Summary: An intensive residential program designed for youths ages 16 to 18 who have dropped out of or been expelled from high school. The program provides training and services to promote leadership, academic excellence, job skills, and community service among at-risk youth.
Practice Summary: An analytic method used by police to develop strategies that prevent and reduce crime.
Program Summary: Formerly known as Middle School Success, KEEP SAFE is a multicomponent intervention for girls in foster care transitioning from elementary school to middle school. The goal is to prevent delinquency and substance abuse.
Motivational Interviewing for Substance Abuse
Practice Summary: A client-centered, semidirective psychological treatment approach that concentrates on improving and strengthening individuals’ motivations to change.
Rochester Resilience Project (RRP)
Program Summary: A school-based intervention to improve the social–emotional and behavioral skills of young children at risk for mental health disorders and substance abuse. The intervention targeted children from kindergarten to the third grade who had teacher-reported problems in behavioral skills, social–emotional skills, or with on-task learning behaviors.
Phoenix (Arizona) Homicide Clearance Project
Program Summary: The program's primary goal was to improve homicide clearance rates by increasing investigative time through the transfer of four crime scene specialists to the homicide unit.