CrimeSolutions.gov: A New Online Resource Highlighting Evidence-Based Programs

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On June 22, 2011, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) launched CrimeSolutions.gov, a central resource to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime-victim services, and to help them integrate these findings into programmatic and policy decisions. Officially announced at the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) annual conference, the Web site offers a searchable database of 150 evidence-based programs covering a range of justice-related topics, including corrections, courts, crime prevention, substance abuse, juveniles, law enforcement, technology and forensics, and victims.

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Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, announced CrimeSolutions.gov at the National Institute of Justice's annual conference on June 22, 2011.
"We all have tight budgets today. CrimeSolutions.gov helps us take a 'smart on crime' approach that relies on data-driven, evidence-based analysis to identify and replicate justice-related programs that have shown real results in preventing and reducing crime and serving crime victims," explained Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General.

CrimeSolutions.gov enhances the assessment and presentation of evidence-based information on juvenile justice programs by aligning standards at OJP with the most recent advances in social science research and evaluation. The programs in OJJDP's Model Programs Guide are in the process of being reviewed with CrimeSolutions.gov standards and criteria so that juvenile justice programs will be consistently presented across both sites.

Screen capture of crimesolutions.gov home page.The Web site assigns evidence ratings—"effective," "promising," or "no effects"—to indicate whether there is evidence from research that a program achieves its goals. The rating system provides a concise way to understand the extent to which research indicates that justice-related programs have produced positive results. Replicating programs that have been shown to work ("effective" and "promising" programs) has the potential to save time and resources. In addition, understanding the extent to which "no effects" programs have not produced their intended results may be important for policymakers and practitioners to consider before planning or implementing similar programs. For those areas that are less well-tested, CrimeSolutions.gov also serves as a foundation to develop new programs and an opportunity to identify where more research is needed.

On the final day of the NIJ conference, Attorney General Eric Holder told an audience of approximately 800 academic leaders and practitioners that research is the path to making well-informed, cost-effective decisions. He reiterated his commitment to identifying and implementing evidence-based solutions and to working together to strengthen public safety.

"With today's launch of the new Web site, CrimeSolutions.gov, we're taking another critical step forward," said Attorney General Holder. "This innovative online tool will create a clearinghouse of information—and will allow us to more easily share the best available evidence about our most effective public safety strategies and approaches. By continuing to find ways to tear down barriers to communication and collaboration, I am confident that we will achieve new levels of progress."

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To learn more about CrimeSolutions.gov, visit its Web site. The OJP press release announcing the Web site's launch is available on the OJP Web site.The full text of Attorney General Holder's remarks at the NIJ conference is available on DOJ's Web site.