The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Texas
In December 2011, the Legislative Budget Board of Texas requested the assistance of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to advance the use of cost-benefit analysis to inform policy and budget decisions in the area of criminal justice.
The board is a permanent joint committee of the Texas Legislature that develops budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations for all agencies of state government and performs fiscal analyses for proposed legislation. It also conducts evaluations and reviews in order to identify and recommend changes to improve the efficiency and performance of state and local operations and finances.
The timeline for populating the cost-benefit model was extended because of the Texas Legislature’s biennial schedule.
Results First has resumed technical assistance to the board to provide state-specific criminal justice data for the cost-benefit model. The board is also planning to implement additional components of the model that examine health-related outcomes.
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.