Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $800,000)
The Second Chance Act Evaluation Participation Support program will provide support jurisdictions participation in an evaluation of their Second Chance Act-funded programs. This solicitation is a companion to the National Institute of Justices (NIJs) Assessing the Effectiveness of the Second Chance Act Grant Program: A Phased Evaluation Approach solicitation that seeks organizations to apply to serve as evaluators of the Second Chance Act programs. This program furthers the Departments mission by supporting NIJ in fulfilling the statutory mandate set forth in The Second Chance Act Reauthorization Act of 2018 to evaluate the Second Chance Act grant program in order to further enhance the knowledge base of what works in offender reentry programming.
The recipients are current or former SCA grantees that are running reentry programs with clearly defined interventions and are ready for a randomized controlled trial and rigorous evaluation, per NIJs expectations. Selected grantees will receive funds to support their participation in the NIJ evaluation and can use funds to support tasks related to the evaluation, including but not limited to: data collection and extraction or a program coordinator to ensure successful collaboration among key partners.
The objectives of this award are as follows: provide consistent oversight to ensure the intervention is implemented with fidelity; coordinate with NIJ-funded evaluator(s), including providing the necessary qualitative and quantitative data; and ensure conditions are maintained to meet NIJs expectations for the execution of a successful randomized control trial study.
The award funds will be used to evaluate the Pilot to Positive Reentry (Pathways Home, Innovations in Reentry) a program designed to reduce recidivism among high-risk clients returning to Alameda County from state prison by initiating case planning, service referrals, and reentry preparation for clients before they leave prison. Pathways Home strives to ensure that clients are mentally prepared for the reentry journey and have services related to housing, employment, mental health, and other reentry needs in place when they return home.