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NCJ Number: NCJ 243914     Find in a Library
Title: Highlights and Lowlights of Researcher-Practitioner Collaborations in the Criminal Justice System, Findings from the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships Study (RPPS)
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Author(s): Tami P. Sullivan ; Tiara C. Willie ; Bonnie S. Fisher
Date Published: 2013
Page Count: 7
  Annotation: As part of the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships Study (RPPS), a Web-based survey of criminal justice State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) was conducted to learn how the infrastructure of SAAs allows them to conduct research and support researcher-practitioner collaborations, as well as how SAAs are impacting the criminal justice system through research findings.
Abstract: SAAs were found to have educated, experienced staff that can analyze data and conduct research; and they recognize the importance of research evidence in informing their mission. In addition, the survey found that collaborations between SAAs and researchers outside of the criminal justice system are common. This is because SAAs have determined there is a need for such collaboration in the context of researchers analyzing criminal justice data. In seeking research collaborators, SAAs have focused on those with experience or a working knowledge of the criminal justice system, so as to ensure that findings are relevant and useful to criminal justice operations. Available funding has been a key factor in SAAs’ developing a research-practitioner collaboration. In addition to lack of funding, time restrictions and bureaucratic “red tape” have been the greatest barriers in SAAs’ development of research collaboration. Also, differences in opinion/approach with researchers were present in just over 70 percent of practitioner respondents. Although most SAAs acknowledge the importance of using research evidence to inform their mission, collaborations have not produced many meaningful, practical products. Suggestions are offered for how SAAs can improve the number and usefulness of researcher-practitioner research projects. 2 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Research programs ; Research methods ; Research uses in policymaking ; University/Criminal Justice Agency Collaboration ; NIJ final report
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-IJ-CX-0207
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Technical Assistance
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For other reports from this project, see NCJ-243911-13 and NCJ-243915-18.
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