The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Rhode Island
In March 2013, Governor Lincoln Chafee formally invited the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to partner with Rhode Island to establish a cost-benefit model customized to examine policies and procedures in the state’s criminal justice system. The state’s work with Results First will build on an existing requirement to develop performance measures for every state-funded program and report regularly on progress towards established annual goals. The cost-benefit effort will complement the state’s Department of Corrections’ Second Chance Act Recidivism Reduction Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which is intended to improve reentry services and substantially reduce recidivism among offenders released from prison, and it will complement ongoing efforts by the state’s Department of Children, Youth and Families’ in collaboration with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success initiative, which guides public investment toward proven programs and services to impact children’s healthy growth and development.
The Results First model will be located in the Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget, or OMB, which was established in July 2012 and is focused on incorporating outcome evaluations and long-range planning into policy and budget decisions. OMB’s Office of Performance Management leads a technical team that includes leadership and staff from the state’s departments of Corrections; Children, Youth, and Families; and other relevant agencies. The team began implementing the adult criminal and juvenile justice components of the Rhode Island Results First model in June 2013.
The technical team plans to complete the inventory of criminal justice programs in fall 2013, with additional components of the model to be added in 2013 and early 2014. Rhode Island’s goal is to use the Results First model to determine the most effective and cost-efficient methods to achieve recidivism reduction goals.
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.