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Measures for Justice Stakeholder Engagement Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $250,000)

Measures for Justice (MFJ) will assess the effectiveness of the "Measures" at providing an empirical way to compare the performance of local criminal justice systems in the United States. MFJ has created a series of performance measures that assesses how county criminal justice systems are performing, piloting these Measures in seventy-two Wisconsin counties. MFJ will expand this work by engaging criminal justice system stakeholders in Wisconsin counties to learn how they use data, which data are most meaningful, and what resources they need to translate data into action and reform. MFJ will convene focus groups with criminal justice agencies, such as law enforcement, the prosecutor's office, and guide a discussion about how agencies interpret the Measures, which groups of Measures are useful as diagnostics of agency specific problems, which Measures are actionable within a specific agency, and how agencies can use diagnostic and actionable Measures for agency-specific change. MFJ will also convene one inter-agency focus group consisting of representatives from different agencies. In addition, MFJ will provide counties with technical assistance around data collection and analyses. MFJ will then produce a report detailing what the data meant to stakeholders and will disseminate the report to Wisconsin counties and to other states interested in using MFJ's Measures. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 8, 2014