table below lists several government and private organizations that maintain
databases similar to CrimeSolutions.gov and that identify what works in other
programs contained in these databases may or may not overlap with those found
on CrimeSolutions.gov. When a program on CrimeSolutions.gov does appear in
another database, we note that on the program's summary page.
CrimeSolutions.gov and these other clearinghouses are
CrimeSolutions.gov has a more general focus that
includes all of criminal justice, juvenile justice and crime victim services. The
clearinghouses each have differing but related or narrower focuses. As
- The U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse
addresses the evidence base related to programs, products, practices and
policies in education.
- The Model Programs Guide focuses on programs related to the
juvenile justice system and covers all aspects of youth services, from
prevention through sanctions to reentry.
In most cases, the clearinghouses use different systems and
processes to rate their programs. The exceptions to this are the OJJDP-funded
Model Programs Guide and National Mentoring Resource Center, which use the same
rating methodology and instruments as CrimeSolutions.gov.
Resources on Programs, Practices and Decision-Making
Are you interested in implementing programs or conducting program evaluations? If so, the following
material should be of interest:
Being Smart on Crime With Evidence-Based Policing
In this National Institute of Justice NIJ Journal article from March
2012, Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.) reflects on how law enforcement agencies can
do a better job of using science to reduce crime by adopting evidence-based
policing as a standard practice and by partnering with universities or
colleges. Evidence-based policing leverages the country's investment in police
and criminal justice research to help develop, implement and evaluate proactive
crime-fighting strategies that may prove more effective and less expensive than
the traditional response-driven models.
Is This a Good-Quality Outcome Evaluation Report? A Guide for Practitioners
This guide was produced by the Justice Research and Statistics Association and
the Bureau of Justice Assistance to provide practitioners with a basis for
distinguishing the differences between good- and poor-quality evaluation
This free online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention offers practitioners, and others working to prevent violence, some important
knowledge and resources for using evidence in their decision-making processes.
This site is designed primarily for violence prevention practitioners, but
anyone working to prevent violence in their communities will find the
Understanding Evidence, Part 1. Best Available Research Evidence: A Guide to the Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness
In this guide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aims to explain
the purpose and meaning of the Continuum of Evidence of Effectiveness, a tool
that was developed to facilitate a common understanding of what the Best
Available Research Evidence means in the field of violence prevention. This
Continuum also serves to provide a common language for researchers,
practitioners and policymakers in discussing evidence-based decision-making.
Evidence Integration at the
Office of Justice Programs
OJP's Evidence Integration
Initiative is focused on improving the synthesis and translation of social
science research findings to inform practice and policy in criminal justice,
juvenile justice and victim services. CrimeSolutions.gov accomplishes this
primarily by assessing the quality and findings of program evaluation evidence
to try to answer the question, "Does this program work?"
To examine this broad base of
research and statistical findings and seek answers to a range of practical
policy questions, OJP partnered with the Office of Community Oriented Policing
Services and the Office on Violence Against Women to create two internal
Evidence Integration Teams, which focused on two topic areas: gangs, and
children exposed to violence. These topical areas were selected because they
present significant challenges for the field and are priorities for OJP.
Included in the resources below are highlights of the findings from these
Evidence Integration Teams.
See the results of this work