Culturally Responsive Training and Technical Advising

Technical assistance is an integral and often overlooked component in the practice of criminal justice.

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Too often, researchers’ sole focus lies on the outcome of an intervention or program.  

Practitioners limit their attention to resources associated with delivering a program and policymakers prioritize public support around a variety of issue areas. Though each of these concerns are valid in their own right, they ignore two crucial aspects related to the success of an intervention, program, or policy. How are interventions, programs, or policies implemented or delivered, and are they responsive to the people they are intended to reach?

At the Center for Justice Research, we have three different comprehensive research plans for criminal justice agencies and organizations.

Each agency has the option of contracting with us for one, all, or a combination of the plans. We also offer customized research plans with detailed databases and reports that will satisfy any organization’s needs.

CJR Advising Plans

The Center for Justice Research offers the following comprehensive training and advising plans.


Classic Advising / Research Plan

This plan addresses all the issues of how interventions, programs, or policies are implemented or delivered. It also caters to the diverse stakeholders (community, agencies, etc.) they are intended to reach. This plan has 4 parts.

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Problem Definition

  • Diverse stakeholders

    Community, target population, agency staff and leadership (put diverse stakeholders on par w/ research)

  • Research

    Peer-reviewed, official statistics, reports, technical papers

  • Review past efforts
  • Identify allies and potential obstacles
  • Get familiar w/ local landscape: litigation, recent events, etc.

Solution Development

  • Exhaustive overview on extant research
  • Locate similar pilots past and present to identity limitations
  • Customize to local context


  • Cultivate buy in
  • Clearly define roles and duties
  • Assign metrics
  • Cultivate buy in
  • Performance review of milestones at predetermined intervals throughout process

Data Management & Capacity Building

Organized and accessible data systems are the key to developing data-driven solutions.

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We help identify data systems that can feed analytics and customize reports  to meet the needs of our clients. We can also build solutions to provide an immediate data collection solution when existing systems cannot accomplish the task. We engage clients in discussions to help them understand what data to collect; how to collect, analyze, and report it; and how to integrate data into decision-making.

The Center for Justice Research can provide organized and easily accessible data for any agency. We also provide training in data reporting and analytics, helping clients cultivate the ability to grow their own analytics capacity. We provide training to senior leadership and other personnel to ensure they are best positioned to leverage their analytic capacity in the future. Our objective is to teach existing personnel how to implement and sustain data-driven solutions.


21st Century Analytics

Compelling analytics are a powerful tool for helping senior leadership, supervisors, and other personnel understand their problems, make decisions, and evaluate the impact of those decisions.

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The Center for Justice Research creates detailed and comprehensive platforms that bring together disparate, complex data systems to tell a comprehensive picture and enable deep analytical insights. These platforms are tailor-made to fulfill any needs  and can be structured to help an organization understand every facet of their work. The platforms created by the Center for Justice Research, unlike other agencies’ 21st Century Analytics, also provide organizations with the necessary tools for gathering community input, conducting organizational evaluations and risk assessments. This plan has four parts which are not mutually exclusive.

  • CJR assists agencies in gathering input from community stakeholders and developing a five-year strategic plan. The process typically takes 60 to 90 days.
  • CJR also uses a risk-based evaluation to help the agency determine whether fire station location/distribution, quality of forces, and fire rescue concentration are effective in your community. This process typically takes six to eight months.
  • CJR helps agencies write quality, detailed, documents for each of the CFAI model categories. The process typically takes six months.
  • Finally, CJR works with agencies to develop all the required accreditation documents and prepare for an onsite assessment. This process typically takes 3-6 months.

Culturally-Responsive Training

Culturally-responsive trainings allow participants to identify the problems in the Criminal Justice System.  Students are also provided the tools and training needs necessary for the implementation of 21st century policies and changes.


Other issues like the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, disproportionate drug law enforcement, racial disparities, reentry, police reform, women and girls in the criminal justice system have also highlighted the flaws and the inequality of the current criminal justice policies and practices. These culturally-responsive trainings allow students to identify the problems in the Criminal Justice System.  It also provides tools and training needs necessary for the implementation of 21st century policies and affect change.

Overview and courses

To succeed and thrive in today’s increasingly interconnected world, the ability to frame, manage, and solve complex problems has never been more essential. This program provides concrete systems thinking tools you can apply to analyze complex situations and foster a culture of organizational learning. You’ll be able to integrate systems thinking concepts, principles, and practices to improve existing processes, operations, and thinking patterns, ultimately developing a more three-dimensional mindset in both work and life.