Researcher Development Program

About the Program

The Center for Justice Research cultivates a community of students and faculty who are interested in culturally responsive research and evaluation. Our goal is to increase the number of criminal justice faculty and researchers who focus on dismantling the unnecessary barriers between the police and the community, implementing equitable prosecution, and dismantling predictive bias.  



Culturally-Responsive.
21st Century Data Analytics.
Structured Support.

Our Mission

  • Provide support and professional development opportunities to students and faculty at all stages in their educational matriculation or careers.
  • Address the lack of flexible, cost-effective, comprehensive research training opportunities
  • Expose students and faculty to diverse, culturally-responsive research approaches and solutions.
  • Increase the number of graduate students and faculty pursuing culturally-responsive research and justice-oriented careers in higher education

Target Audience

Students, faculty, recent graduates and Postdocs.

The program will be accessible and open to all students and faculty from all institutions of higher education. This program will also support recent graduates and postdocs, who are interested in transitioning into justice-related research fields.

To maximize program engagement and the use of team and project-based learning activities, our target audience will not exceed 30-35 participants for each individual workshop.

This approach will allow participants to work more closely with the instructor and to receive invaluable feedback on deliverables.

Program Priorities

01

Strategic Planning

02

Project-based Learning and Training Opportunities

03

Mentoring and Forming Professional Relationships

04

Maintaining Work-life Balance and Managing Stress

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Culturally-Responsive Training and Approaches

The Workshop Series

Researchers will participate in monthly, 4-hour instructor-led workshops, which will address topics, such as research methods and design, approaches for pursuing culturally-relevant research, evidence-based data analysis and statistics, scholarly writing, and an integrated week-long researcher development bootcamp. After the completion of this workshop series, participants will have active research agendas, access to data sets, and opportunities for additional research engagement.

1-year access to SPSS Standard data analysis software included for all participants.

workshop 1

Research Methods and Design

  • Creating a research plan, design and methodology
  • Determine measurable outcomes and deliverables
  • Develop a reasonable timeline for project completion

workshop 2

Data Analysis and Statistical Methods I

  • Exploring data analysis techniques (organizing and working with large sample data sets)
  • Statistical analysis techniques
  • Data Visualization techniques- learning the most effective ways to display and share data.

workshop 3

Data Analysis and Statistical Methods II

  • Advanced Statistical Methods
  • Data Interpretation
  • How to effectively present and report data
  • Data Modeling
  • Inferential Statistics

workshop 4

Scholarly Writing Bootcamp

  • Techniques for creating scholarly publications using individualized based data
  • Creating frameworks for peer-reviewed publications
  • Creating deliverables
  • Applying for external grant funding (overview of the proposal process)

workshop 5

Integrated Research Bootcamp

  • Techniques for creating scholarly publications using individualized based data
  • Creating frameworks for peer-reviewed publications
  • Creating deliverables
  • Applying for external grant funding (overview of the proposal process)
  • Techniques for creating scholarly publications using individualized based data
  • Creating frameworks for peer-reviewed publications
  • Creating deliverables
  • Applying for external grant funding (overview of the proposal process)