I have been working with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency through Children’s Research Center (CRC) for close to seven years. My first exposure to CRC was through the use and support of the Structured Decision Making (SDM®) tools and SafeMeasures. The use of SafeMeasures and the SDM tools has increased the professionalism of the child welfare here and in other jurisdictions. As we have been so please with the partnership with CRC we have partnered with them on several reviews of our data including one where we examined the data and practice influencing the racial disproportionality of the population we serve. This and other reviews have helped us look honestly at our practice and determine the results of our efforts. We have participated in pilot programs as tools have been developed. Through implementation and an open exchange of information and ideas, these experiences have been beneficial to the improvement of our practice as well and development of better tools. Due to the respect we have for CRC and the nature of our relationship with them, when we looked to make a significant change in the core of our child welfare practice we wanted CRC at the table. The partnership has been outstanding and the practice changes implemented as a result has benefited our staff and the families we serve. We value the professional relationship we have with CRC and their staff and continue to work with them ongoing for the safety and wellbeing of the children and families we serve.
The NCCD provides invaluable information to practitioners working in the field and the staff is kind, courteous, and friendly.
I am working with NCCD as part of a collaborative team to get funding to develop design guidelines and a dedicated center for Restorative Justice. I have found working with both Sujatha Baliga and Nuri Nusrat to be exciting and generative for my work as a designer. I truly feel that one of NCCD's strengths is its capacity to embrace and support new ideas in the agency of social change. They are clearly committed to exploring the most robust holistic approach to helping communities implement restorative practices and I very much look forward to continuing our relationship in the years to come.
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency NCCD has been instrumental in the way the Juvenile Justice Team works with juvenile offenders in Pierce County. Winnie Ore and her staff have been a phenomenal resource for us regarding the JAIS assessment tool. NCCD has assisted our County with implementing evidence-based practices to ensure our juveniles and families are receiving the appropriate supervision and services. The NCCD staff are easy to connect with and are always willing to assist us. We have worked with NCCD for 4 years and we look forward to their continued support in the work we do.
I have consulted with Sujatha Baliga multiple times on restorative justice issues, and I cannot say enough how helpful she has been. Not only does bring a high level of expertise, she also genuinely cares about each issue I present and takes the time to provide thoughtful and insightful responses. I know that she is pulled in a million different directions, yet she somehow takes the time to give me her individualized attention and advice. Restorative justice is a crucial component of fixing our broken criminal justice system, and it's laudable that NCCD has taken such leadership in the field.
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) is the oldest criminal/juvenile justice research organization in the US. Over the years, in addition to outstanding research, they've initiated outstanding products that serve to provide informed insight and recommendations for; the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems , the child welfare system, advance the treatment of females in both systems and raise the level of conversations across systems.
The staff of the organization are diverse, very intelligent and committed to quality research for the purpose of making substantive, useful and informed systems change.
NCCD offeres quality programming in many areas but it is their Restorative Justice Program that I know most about. NCCD is a leader in restorative justice programming and offers technical assistance to schools and other institutions who are seeking to implement RJ in their culture.
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) has played a key role in the juvenile justice reform efforts in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Manitowoc has relied heavily on NCCD's expertise in this area and we are pleased with the outcomes. NCCD's focus on research and evidence-based practices has helped shape many of the wonderful changes that Manitowoc County has implemented. Staff with NCCD are extremly knowledgable and receptive to the needs of the clients they work with. We have been working with NCCD for the past 3 years and plan to continue relying on them for support through our reform efforts.
First introduced to NCCD via my collaboration with CRC in 2009, I've had the distinct honor of working with a whole crew of folks from the team in Madison (like Kathy & Raelene) in understanding and modernizing their set of decision making tools without deteriorating the validity or reliability of their process and research. Their adherence to best practice, concern for the welfare and well-being and children and paramount attention to details regularly epitomizes their goal and mission to keep children safe. They are an amazing organization with dedicated people who love their work and understand the importance of their jobs.
NCCD has expanded its focus to include elder abuse. Their work to extend the research on risk assessment and Structured Decision Making to the world of adult protective services is impressive and very helpful. NCCD hosts the quarterly webinars on elder abuse research-to-practice topics for the joint National Adult Protective Services Association/National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Research Committee. The professional skill and willingness to contribute time and expertise have made these webinars the go-to place for both the audience and researchers seeking a way to connect their work to practice.
Carol Dayton, Co-Chair
NAPSA/NCPEA Research Committee