Convening and Faciliation
CJI brings its subject area expertise in the safety and justice system to a diverse array of projects as a convener and facilitator of policy discussions, expert panels and large meetings.
We effectively manage:
- agenda design
- meeting and work-session facilitation
- training development and delivery, and
- capacity building.
Collaboration brings people together to foster the exchange of information, share resources, and enhance the capacity of one another for the mutual benefit of all. Through convening and facilitation, we strengthens our commitment to bridging the gap between research and practice to support safety and justice agencies as they work to become more evidence-based and incorporate data-driven approaches to decision making and performance in their organization.
With extensive knowledge in the delivery of technical assistance, we are able to bring stakeholders together to
- achieve meaningful results
- guide a group towards measurable success, and
- facilitate difficult and complex dialogues.
CJI’s experience covers a range of activities, from convening nation- or state-wide justice research forums to facilitating the development of a strategic plan at the county level.
Examples of our work in this area include:
Institutional Corrections Research Network and National Corrections Reporting Program Meetings
For the past five years, we have worked with National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to coordinate and facilitate the Institutional Corrections Research Network/National Corrections Reporting Program annual meeting. The annual meeting is used to provide recommendations for a national research agenda and to assist the corrections field in further developing infrastructure to have high quality data that is shared through national partnerships. This meeting is also vital to further the work of the corrections field in its understanding and application of research by bringing together agency-based researchers to discuss issues and share insights on research conducted within agencies that operate correctional institutions.
Throughout these meetings, we gather input from correctional researchers and practitioners and supports the corrections research community of practice. We provide a wide portfolio of meeting and logistic planning efforts, including commissioning white papers, presentations, and webinars on important topics in corrections; compiling key themes and narratives to guide research agendas; and creating meeting websites to store and share valuable information.
Inter-Agency Training Coordination for California
For four years, we supported the implementation of evidence-based practices and legislative reforms throughout California. In 2011, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation implemented titled the Public Safety Realignment Act to reduce overcrowding in state facilities. Realignment shifted the responsibility for non-violent and non-serious offenders from state to county facilities. The Joint Training Partnership (JTP) of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the California State Sheriffs' Association (CSSA), and the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) was created to provide continuing education and develop resources to support the implementation of Realignment legislation.
Working with the JTP, CJI has facilitated conversation among these three agencies in support of wide scale policy efforts. CJI has also engaged the JTP to design and implement a comprehensive training strategy for elected officials and executives in the Community Corrections Partnerships along with public safety, justice and human services agencies engaged in the implementation of the public safety realignment. Additionally, CJI works with the JTP to generate course materials that are responsive to the audience(s); reflective of the challenges and opportunities presented by Realignment; and in accordance with cutting-edge research and practices to improve public safety.