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Training and Technical Assistance Available to Strengthen Reentry Data

Performance-based Standards Learning Institute, Inc. (PbS) is pleased to announce applications are open for selected jurisdictions to receive training and technical assistance to strengthen their capacity to collect and analyze reentry data, measure performance, make data-informed decisions and continuously improve their reentry programs, policies and practices. The assistance is supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice through the FY 2022 Second Chance Act Youth Reentry Program. OJJDP designed the program to address the reentry challenges facing young people who are returning to their communities and families following confinement and community supervision while also promoting the fair administration of justice and advancing public safety.

PbS and partners the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) will provide data and performance measurement training and technical assistance based on their expertises and findings from two earlier projects: PbS' Reentry Measurement Standards and NCJJ’s Model Data Project. The technical assistance will include a focus on surveying young people and their families to ensure their voices are included in the reentry process.Up to four agencies will be selected to receive the technical assistance. The applications will be open until Sept. 29.

The technical assistance will consist of four phases to be delivered over 18-24 months:

  1. Preparation: The selected agencies complete the participation agreement and convene the initial call with the PbS project team to review the project goals, strategies, scheduling and members of the agencies’ Core Data Improvement Team and Advisory Group.
  2. Assessment: In collaborating with site teams, the PbS team will conduct a structured baseline reentry data capacity assessment and offer recommendations to build capacity to better align with research to measure and monitor reentry practices and programs.
  3. Development of Reentry Data Improvement Plan (ReDIP): In collaboration with the PbS project team, the site team selects short- and long‐term data improvements to be the focus of the training and technical assistance. The PbS project team will visit during this phase to integrate the site’s goals into the seven-step PbS Reentry Improvement Plan (ReDIP). Site team members will be trained to use the online ReDIP to record, communicate and track activity and progress.
  4. Ongoing Technical Assistance: The PbS project team coach will meet monthly with the Core Data Improvement Team and monthly with the Advisory Group to set capacity-building goals and strategies, implement action steps, provide resources, troubleshoot barriers and record lessons learned.

For more information, please email Patricia Seekell, Project Manager, at:

Application for Intensive Technical Assistance

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About the author

Kim Godfrey Lovett

Kim Godfrey Lovett

Kim is the executive director of the PbS Learning Institute. Kim was hired when CJCA incorporated in 1994 and has worked since it's inception to create the PbS system of continuous improvement to help facilities and agencies raise the quality of life and better conditions of confinement in youth facilities nationwide. She earned two master’s degrees: in journalism (Northwestern University) and criminal justice (Northeastern University.) She worked as a newspaper reporter for seven years prior to joining CJCA.

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