The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Massachusetts
In March 2012, Governor Deval L. Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo submitted formal letters of invitation to the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. These leaders highlighted their ongoing commitment to performance management and the use of data to shape policy and budget decisions.
The effort is being coordinated by the Special Commission to Study the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System, which was established in Section 189 of the fiscal 2012 budget to, among other responsibilities, pursue technical assistance to reduce corrections spending and utilize the savings to reduce crime, strengthen public safety, and fund other budget priorities. Commissioners include representatives from all key state and local public safety entities as well as three appointees each by the governor, House of Representatives, and Senate. Secretary of Public Safety and Security Andrea Cabral chairs the commission. Mike Coelho, assistant secretary of policy and planning at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, or EOPSS, serves as the Results First project manager and liaison between the commission and the technical team implementing the model. The staff team includes analysts from major public safety offices including the departments of Correction and Youth Services, Parole, Probation, the Sentencing Commission, the EOPSS Office of Grants and Research, and the Executive Department of Administration and Finance.
In February 2013, the staff work group completed a comprehensive recidivism analysis and presented the methodology and data at the Feb. 25, 2013, commission meeting. The recidivism data were well received, and commissioners voted to move forward with the next phase of analysis. The staff work group is completing the remaining components of the crime model, with the goal of publishing a preliminary report assessing a select number of Department of Correction programs by the end of 2013.
- FY12 Budget, Section 189 (July 2011)
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.