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OJP and Other Federal Initiatives

This is an archive of an Office of Justice Programs Special Focus Section. This page is no longer updated and may contain outdated information and links that no longer function.

The following information highlights OJP and other federal efforts related to the identification and promotion of evidence-based programs and practices.

OJP Efforts

CrimeSolutions.gov uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. On CrimeSolutions.gov, you can:

  • Access reviews and ratings of program and practice effectiveness.
  • View listings of rated programs and practices for specific topics.
  • Conduct a search to locate programs or practices that meet your specific needs.
  • Nominate a program to be reviewed.

Evidence Integration Initiative (E2I)
OJP’s E2I is focused on improving the synthesis and translation of social science research findings to inform practice and policy in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services. The three overarching goals of E2I are to:

  • Improve the quantity and quality of evidence that OJP generates.
  • Improve the integration of evidence into program, practice, and policy decisions within OJP and in the field.
  • Improve the translation of evidence into practice.

Model Programs Guide (MPG)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Programs Guide (MPG) contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs. It is a resource for practitioners and communities about what works, what is promising, and what does not work in juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, and child protection and safety.  MPG uses expert study reviewers and CrimeSolutions.gov’s program review process, scoring instrument, and evidence standards. The two sites also share a common database of juvenile-related programs. In addition to providing program profiles, MPG contains useful literature reviews, implementation information, and links to additional resources that practitioners, policymakers, and communities can use to improve the effectiveness of interventions, enhance accountability, ensure public safety, and reduce recidivism. The tools provided on MPG are specifically designed for juvenile justice-oriented practitioners and policymakers.

Science Advisory Board (SAB)
Composed of 18 members, OJP’s SAB provides the Assistant Attorney General valuable advice in the areas of social science and statistics to enhance the overall impact and performance of its programs and activities. The SAB helps develop long-range plans, advises on program development, and guides OJP's adherence to the highest levels of scientific rigor.

What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse
With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse offers easy access to important research on the effectiveness of a wide variety of reentry programs and practices.

Additional Federal Efforts

National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
Sponsor Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 300 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
Sponsor Agency: U.S. Department of Education
The goal of the WWC is to be a resource for informed education decision making. To reach this goal, the WWC identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of a given practice, program, or policy, and disseminates summary information and reports on the WWC website.

To learn more about additional initiatives and activities related to the implementation and integration of evidence-based programs and practices, see CrimeSolutions.gov.

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Date Created: May 6, 2020