BJA is seeking applications for funding to support jurisdictions’ participation in an evaluation of their Second Chance Act-funded programs. This solicitation is a companion to the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) "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 supports 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.
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. Eligible applications will be peer reviewed, and the subsequent funding recommendations will be merit based and made in collaboration with NIJ.