Publications

Topic: Criminal Justice

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Ujamaa Place
Ujamaa Place serves primarily African American men who have multiple barriers to becoming stable, productive members of the community. Wilder Research worked with the program to create a theory of transformation and evaluation framework. Reports look at the impact of the program and present findings from a return on investment analysis.
Most recent report: June 2017

Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation
DOCCR staff determined a need to collect information from programs that serve justice-involved youth with mental health needs. Reports look at how DOCCR programs can better capture information about the mental health needs of their clients in a manner that is culturally aware and present gender-specific outcomes.
Most recent report: February 2017

Strengthening Families Impacted by Incarceration - Evaluation of Volunteers of America Programs
These reports focus on Volunteers of America's work in strengthening families impacted by incarceration, including maternal incarceration. It includes evaluations of initiatives such as the Look Up and Hope program and research into promising program models for organizations seeking to implement family-centered re-entry programs. Look Up and Hope is cited in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2014 KIDS COUNT report as a promising practice. Read a 2-page summary with key findings: http://www.wilder.org/Wilder-Research/Research-Areas/Documents/Look%20Up%20and%20Hope%202013%20race%20analysis.pdf
Most recent report: March 2016

Strengthening Families Affected By Incarceration
A series of infographics that looks at the impacts of having an incarcerated parent. Minnesota Student Survey data were analyzed to learn more about chemical use, academic outcomes, and mental health of children.
Most recent report: December 2015

Radius
Radius, a Volunteers of America-Minnesota program, is a gender-responsive program for girls in the juvenile justice system. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded an evaluation of the program.
Most recent report: December 2015

Community Violence Intervention Center
The Community Violence Intervention Center is a violence intervention and prevention agency based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Its work in coordinating the Safer Tomorrows program, which institutionalized violence prevention education for students and athletes, and spearheading systems changes regarding domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention in the community earned them a 2013 Bush Prize for innovation.
Most recent report: November 2015

Human Trafficking
Catholic Charities is working to build awareness of human trafficking issues. The fact sheet provides basic information about labor trafficking and includes case examples and answers to common questions.
Most recent report: October 2014

Teen Challenge of the Dakotas
Teen Challenge of the Dakotas offers a long-term residential recovery program for adult males, primarily referred by the judicial system. The evaluation looked at recidivism of participants after they left the program.
Most recent report: February 2014

VOA Texas Second Chance Mentoring Program
Volunteers of America Texas developed the Second Chance Mentoring Program which matches incarcerated mothers with community members for one-on-one mentoring during incarceration and after reentry. Wilder Research evaluated the program by conducting a review of program documents and speaking with mentors, mentees, program partners, and staff members.
Most recent report: July 2012

Mentoring Children of Promise
Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans Mentoring Children of Promise (MCP) program provides mentoring services to children of incarcerated parents. Wilder Research is conducting a multi-year process evaluation which will document the program’s service model and identify implementation factors that are most critical to the program’s success.
Most recent report: December 2011

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