Because problem-solving justice initiatives are designed to build stronger connections between citizens and the justice system, performing a community needs assessment is usually a top priority for any new problem-solving program. Both quantitative data (rates of arrest, most common criminal charges, etc.) and qualitative data (results from focus groups, surveys measuring community perceptions of safety, etc.) can be useful to planners. Only when a community’s problems, strengths, and resources have been clearly defined can planners start generating solutions. Consulting with as many relevant stakeholders (e.g., elected officials, local police, and clergy) as possible right from the start can also help build support for new approaches. This fact sheet is one in a series to support the development of problemsolving justice initiatives. For other documents in the series, please visit problemsolvingjustice.org.
Using Data to Build Your Program
by wpengine / Friday, 05 May 2017 / Published in Uncategorized