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.
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 informationand 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."
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.