Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $966,120)
The project proposes the development of a criminal justice data hub for interagency and cross-sector sharing, notifications, and analysis of data and information to support JRI as an iterative, data-driven process. This would be implemented as an expansion of the Arkansas Data Hub developed by the Arkansas CDO Office per executive and legislative direction to facilitate whole-of-government data sharing and analytics for data and evidence-based policymaking and continuous improvement.
Primary Activities include:
• Comprehensive action planning via user-centered design thinking workshops for stakeholder engagement
• Integration of criminal justice data into the Arkansas Data Hub for secure, governed data sharing, notifications, and analysis across integrated interagency and cross sector data
• Development of trained communities of practice for data-driven analysis, collaboration, and coordinated implementation at a statewide level
• Strategy mapping and performance management activities to measure outcomes and support continuous improvement
Products and Deliverables
• Operational data integrations of Arkansas administrative criminal justice data
• Final report detailing project approaches, preliminary outcomes, lessons learned, and best practices that other states can leverage in implementing a criminal justice data hub
The target service area for this project is the criminal justice system (courts, prison, supervision, diversion, employment and training, wraparound and community services) for the entire State of Arkansas. Arkansas is also an active participant in collaborative multistate data sharing, integration, research, and knowledge sharing through the Coleridge Initiative Administrative Data Research Facility, which can help disseminate research and knowledge supported by the Arkansas Data Hub for use by other states.
Benefits and Outcomes include:
• Continuous capability for intensive interagency and cross-sector data analysis to efficiently support an iterative JRI process
• A comprehensive view of the entire criminal justice system and related education, workforce, and human services
• Secure, governed self-service access for agencies, legislators, Governor’s Office staff, researchers, and other relevant parties to support evidence-based policymaking, research, and