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NCJ Number: 220886 Find in a Library
Title: Bringing Evidence-Driven Progress to Crime and Substance-Abuse Policy: A Recommended Federal Strategy
Corporate Author: Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
United States of America
Date Published: December 2003
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
Washington, DC 20005
Jerry Lee Foundation
Philadelphia, PA
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
Sale Source: Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
1301 K Street, NE
Suite 450 West
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intended for top officials from Federal agencies involved in a joint initiative to advance crime and substance-based policy developed from evidence-based evaluations, this report presents recommendations on how the Federal Government can most effectively use its resources to advance the development and effective use of rigorous evidence on what works in crime and substance-abuse policy.
Abstract: In profiling the problem, this report presents data to show that crime and substance abuse cause significant harm and costs to life and health in America; however, Federal programs and strategies intended to prevent and/or reduce this problem have not been designed and tested based on rigorous evaluation research. This report proposes a Federal strategy for building the knowledge base of crime and substance-abuse interventions shown to be effective in randomized trials. The strategy is also intended to stimulate the widespread use of such evidence-based interventions by recipients of Federal crime/substance-abuse funding. Randomized trials have thus far identified a few social interventions that have proven highly effective in addressing the problems of crime and substance abuse. These interventions involve nurse-family partnerships, life-skills training, and the use of prison therapeutic communities. The fact that these interventions are effective but rare suggests the need for a Federal effort to build the knowledge base of these evidence-backed interventions so as to encourage and assist in their widespread implementation. This report outlines six main recommendations for Federal agencies in promoting this effort in the near term. 36 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcohol abuse prevention; Crime prevention planning; Drug Policy; Drug prevention programs; Research uses in policymaking
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