The activities of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy rely on public grants and private contributions. For contributors, there are a number of ways to support CEBCP:
General contributions to the center are welcomed and are tax deductible. Such contributions can help support congressional briefings in Washington, DC by funding travel for out-of-state presenters and reception costs, provide tuition remission for our undergraduate interns, and help with the organization of working group meetings such as the Crime and Place Working Group or those involved in our Evidence-Based Policing or Systematic Review programs.
PROPOSE AND SPONSOR A SPECIFIC EVALUATION OR PROJECT
The unbiased and scientific evaluation of crime prevention programs is necessary to not only determine whether programs work or may even be harmful, but also to ensure that public and private spending for those programs are supported by scientific evidence of effectiveness. Contributors and agencies may be interested in funding research or providing sub-contracts to evaluate existing crime prevention programs or to conduct experiments and evaluations on new interventions.
SPONSOR SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS OF KNOWN EVIDENCE
As described in our Systematic Review Research Program, CEBCP team members and affiliated scholars not only conduct systematic reviews of research evidence of crime prevention programs, but also advance the methods by which reviews are conducted. Such synthesis of research evidence is central in our goal of advancing the use of social science research in policy. Already, team members have published numerous systematic reviews in the areas of policing, corrections, juvenile justice, counter-terrorism, and drug treatment. Because of the lack of funding for systematic reviews, these reviews are sometimes done voluntarily and other times, with the assistance of private foundations. The funding of systematic reviews increases the timeliness of their completion and their impact on public policy.
SPONSOR GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANTSHIPS AND RESEARCH
One major goal of the CEBCP is to support the training of a new generation of criminologists who focus on improving the evaluation of criminal justice interventions, building scientific evidence regarding crime and criminal justice, and learning how to impact policy decision-making. The CEBCP is housed in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society’s Ph.D. and M.A. program, which offer a rigorous, policy-oriented, and affordable graduate education. The mentoring, training, and funding of graduate students is key in the success of academic research and to continue to build our discipline. Support for research assistants is critical to the development of this goal, and the CEBCP intends to become a major center for the training and development of young scholars in this area.
SPONSOR EVIDENCE-ASSESSMENTS OF YOUR AGENCY’S CRIME PREVENTION PORTFOLIO
Building from the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix project, CEBCP scholars have conducted evidence-assessments for various police agencies as well as the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Protective Service, and the City of Seattle. Although rigorous scientific evaluations of interventions are the best way to determine the effectiveness of those interventions, agencies sometimes need an assessment of how closely a large portfolio of various interventions they are implementing are aligned with existing research.