Participating Government Offices

Benefits for Your Office

The NPSC is a non-partisan, unbiased resource for all things related to prevention. We maximize our utility by leveraging our network of members with a wide range of expertise so that we can arrange a "dream team" of experts to provide support on your efforts. The government is too big to have expertise in everything. We are not coming to you with an agenda or specific requests - the NPSC seeks to understand your current efforts related to:

  • Crime Prevention

  • Youth Success

  • Reducing Recidivsm

  • Juvenile Justice Reform 


There are a number of ways that your office might look to expand its capacity regarding these topics:


  1. Understanding the value of prevention:  The status quo of our system's agendas and policies tends to prioritize reactive solutions to existing problems rather than eliminating problems before they occur. The NSPC strives to reorient problem solving processes with a proactive lens that most often reduces burden on citizens quality of life and need for tax dollars. 

  2. Accessing information directly:  Literature reviews are incredible assets for translating research into policy recommendations, but the ability to directly connect with experts regarding a topic allows offices to ask nuanced questions regarding practical applications of research. The NPSC seeks to support both one-on-one connections and Congressional briefings where primary experts are made available for consultation. 

  3. Requesting information for prospective legislation:  Oftentimes there are plentiful resources on topics that are on the forefront of the agenda, but information is needed even before legislation is written or introduced in Committees. The NPSC can respond to requests for information even if the issue is not yet highly visible in the policy arena. 

  4. Action-oriented recommendations:  Research-informed recommendations are an important step of the equation, but sometimes fall short of becoming integrated into legislation. The NPSC seeks to support efforts to translate recommendations into tangible language that can be adapted for legislation.

  5. Implementing existing legislation:  We recognize that the passage of legislation is merely one step of the process and much work needs to be done following. The NPSC's network of practitioning evaluators and community-based consultants may have the expertise you need for making recommendations that will support adequate infrastructure for successful implementation in communities.

  6. Informing needs for additional research:  The divide between research and policy operates in both directions. Not only does the NPSC seek to translate existing research, we also seek to identify areas where information that government offices need is lacking. 



Expectations for Involvement in the RPC

Participating offices will be asked to commit time to several processes that allow us to understand your needs for expertise, connect you with those who can support your work, and continue to work together with identified researchers / practitioners following the face-to-face meeting. Additionally, you will be asked to participate in two brief interviews with someone from outside the NPSC who will ask about your experiences. The information gleaned in interviews will enable the NPSC to improve it's work with offices like yours in the future and may provide information useful for replicating or expanding these efforts. 


The following list describes instances where participating offices will be asked to be involved:


  • Needs Assessment - Preliminary needs assessments began in December, 2015 and will continue through February. In March 2016, the project coordinator, Taylor Scott, will review with your office the needs identified in the prior meeting to identify areas where immediate support can be most beneficial.  

  • Meeting Day - Meetings with a team of experts that have been selected based on your office's needs will schedule a 1 hour meeting with your office to discuss action steps on advancing the goals of your office. The date of the meeting has not yet been determined, but is expected to occur in April 2016.

    • Commencement Event - An event will be held the evening prior to the meeting day to allow participating offices' staff and Congresspersons to meet and greet with NPSC members and invited consultants. A full meal, wine and beer will be served and RSVPs are required.

    • Reception - Following the meetings between the NPSC teams and Congressional offices, a reception will be held to celebrate the successes of the meetings and to connect informally over hor d'oeuvres and drinks. Participating offices and researchers are invited; RSVP is required.   

  • Follow-up on the strategic plan - The project coordinator, Taylor Scott, will periodically contact you and collaborating researchers to ask about the progress that has been made and what can be done to support additional progress. Follow-up will occur for approximately three months.

  • Interviews in person or by phone (per your availability) will be conducted twice:

    • Immediately following the event

    • Three months following the event


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