Items tagged with "Research And Evaluation"


articles  |   Entrepreneurship for the Formerly Incarcerated: A Process Evaluation of the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) Program

Published: May 28, 2019
Formerly incarcerated individuals may be unable to secure stable employment and struggle to acquire income; however, opening a small business may offer this population an alternative to the traditional job market. Researchers evaluated the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) program, which offered training in entrepreneurship and other resources to those returning from Illinois prisons to Cook County. Researchers examined delivery of PERC’s entrepreneurship training, experiences of program participants and training staff, program completion among participants, and knowledge gains with information from focus groups, surveys, interviews, and administrative records. Feedback from staff and participants was mostly positive and the program increased entrepreneurship knowledge. However, engaging the 72 returning citizens in the program was a challenge—of all eligible participants, 16 attended the first week of training (22 percent) and only 12 graduated the program (17 percent).



articles  |   Evaluation of Illinois Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Forces

Published: December 6, 2017
Drug trafficking constitutes a major threat to public health and community well-being. Multi-jurisdictional drug task forces, comprised of law enforcement officers in one or more counties that agree to pool resources, were designed to combat drug distribution and trafficking. Researchers evaluated 19 drug task forces in Illinois using quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative methods included analyzing administrative data and state arrest records. Qualitative methods included focus groups with members of 18 task forces and surveys of both staff and policy board directors. The study revealed Illinois drug task forces made proportionately more drug arrests carrying more serious felony and manufacture/delivery charges than their local police counterparts. The study also showed the task forces fostered collaboration with stakeholders, maintained fidelity to critical elements of drug task forces, and garnered support from their policy boards.



news  |   Institutional Review Board Meeting February 18

Published: February 16, 2016

The Institutional Review Board will meet on Thursday February 18, 2016 at 1 PM at the offices of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 300 W. Adams Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.




news  |   Institutional Review Board Meeting October 8

Published: October 8, 2015

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Institutional Review Board will meet on October 8, 2015 at 1 PM at the offices of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority 300 W. Adams Street, Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60606.




publications  |   An Evaluation of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Deferred Prosecution Program

Published: July 8, 2015
This evaluation looks at the development, implementation, and impact of the Cook County State Attorneys’ Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP). Researchers used a mixed methodological approach involving qualitative and quantitative methods including a quasi-experimental design to measure outcomes.



publications  |   ICJIA FY14 Annual Report

Published: March 31, 2015
The ICJIA Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report features the work done by the Authority in Illinois criminal justice policy and planning, grants administration, research, and information systems development during the fiscal year.



publications  |   ICJIA FY13 Annual Report

Published: April 1, 2014
The ICJIA Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report features the Authoritys work in Illinois criminal justice policy and planning, grants administration, research, and information syste