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 is comprised of two components — a web-based clearinghouse of programs and practices and a process for identifying and rating those programs and practices.
The clearinghouse, accessible via the CrimeSolutions.gov website, present programs and practices that have undergone rigorous evaluations and meta-analyses. The site assesses the strength of the evidence about whether these programs achieve criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services outcomes in order to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works, what doesn't, and what's promising.
The programs and practices presented on CrimeSolutions.gov are identified, screened, reviewed, and rated using a standardized process. Programs are reviewed based on evaluations and practices based on meta-analyses that synthesize different evaluations, but those evaluations have to be sufficiently rigorous. Each screened program and practice is reviewed by two certified reviewers using objective scoring instruments. Ratings are assigned based on the consensus score, which is subject to a documented dispute resolution process when necessary. Learn more about the rating process form programs and practices.
In this process, we consider rigorous evaluations and meta-analyses that result in a rating on the site to be strong “evidence” along a continuum in which we look at both the evidence — which tells us how certain we can be of the outcomes — and the direction of the evidence — was the program Effective, Promising , or No Effects. While the evidence that results in rated programs and practices is considered to be the strongest evidence, a continuum of evidence also identifies which programs and practices may have some evidence but it is either emerging, inconclusive, or unclear.
Learn more about the CrimeSolutions.gov Evidence Continuum and the programs and practices identified but not rated on CrimeSolutions.gov.
[note 1] CrimeSolutions.gov 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.
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
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).