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.
We recently started working with Amy Cipolla-Stickles and NCCD as a management team to enhance our communication with each other, our staff, and the youth and families we serve. After our very first session, there was a marked difference in how we engaged with each other. We were given practical tools we can and are applying in every interaction. We all know and have acknowledged the road of change can get a bit bumpy, but with and through the support we are receiving, we're all in and excited! Thanks Amy & NCCD!!
My work with the Children's Research Center began in the 90s when we piloted Structured Decision Making in selected California counties. I was impressed with the quality of their research and their ability to work side by side with agencies and staff to implement systems that improved safety and reduced risk for children and families.
Today, now retired, I am happy to serve on the NCCD board of directors. This is an opportunity to be part of a team that has high standards for research and the ability to apply that research to improve programs across a variety of social systems that touch the lives of children and families, elderly, and youth and adults in justice programs.
I am honored to serve on the NCCD Board – not only because of NCCD’s many past accomplishments, but because of its vision for the future and commitment to improving the lives of those who are often forgotten by society. The staff and leadership are extremely committed to improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, adult protective services, and the child welfare system. I am inspired by NCCD's effective collaboration with advocates on the ground, and I am proud that its work with many jurisdictions has resulted in their use of best practices and the implementation of positive culture change that is leading to sustained improvements.
NCCD is the provider for our Risk Assessment Tools (JAIS and CAIS). NCCD has been a valuable resource with regard to evaluating our Department's needs, providing appropriate training, and advising on how to implement the use of the Risk Assessment Tools.
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.
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.
NCCD provides leadership in research and advocacy to improve lives of at-risk kids, promote success in education and protect girls in the justice system. Their work leads to creating better futures for LGBT youth, ending prison rape, curbing gang and youth violence, finding successful anti-crime solutions, protecting vulnerable adults and pursuing justice that heals. The people of NCCD live the mission of the organization each and every day. It's not just their job, it's their life work. It's an amazing organization and I'm very proud to serve on the Board of Directors.
NCCD's work to advance restorative justice in the adult and juvenile justice arenas is some of the most innovative work out there to transform systems that rely too much on outdated notions of crime and punishment. NCCD staff are smart, dedicated, and passionate about creating lasting, systemic change that benefits all of society.
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
As a Minnesota county and state child protection manager, I have been a client of NCCD and the Children's Research Center for over 15 years. CRC provides tailored assessment tools for child protection workers assessing safety, risk and strengths and needs as well as other case management functions. They have always been very responsive to our policy and practice needs and have created state of the art toolscustomized for our use. Their products have always been of very high quality and delivered on time. CRC has also been available to train staff on the use of their Structured Decision Making tools and for consultation and technical assistance whenever requested. We trust the quality of their research and have contracted with CRC on many research efforts as well as for tool development. They are always professional and accessible and I would highly recommend NCCD and CRC to other Child Welfare organizations.
Child Protection Manager
Minnesota Department of Human Services
NCCD recently held it's first Media for a Just Society Awards (MJS) event in San Francisco that recognized those journalists, filmmakers, authors and producers who raise public awareness of critical issues through their work. Through a film, article or documentary, the public had the opportunity to see how the mission of NCCD makes an impact on our society, and improves the systems that touch the lives of our children, families and communities. The MJS Awards are only one example of NCCD's commitment and work in social justice.
I was a professional fundraising consultant for 20 years and worked with many social justice organizations. I was so impresssed with NCCD that I joined the Board in July of this year. NCCD is the premier research and policy non-profit making a difference in the juvenile justice system, LGBT youth in foster care, children exposed to violence, restorative justice, adult protective services and many more.
NCCD has contracted with NH Department of Health and Human Services for a number of years and developed a series of assessments for the Adult Protective Services program. In addition to the assessments, NCCD developed a policy manual that is user-friendly and after several years of use is current and comprehensive. NH continues to work with NCCD in developing a research-based, valid and reliable risk assessment. NCCD is and has always been collaborative and responsive to any questions raised and any requests for information and/or consultation even when not directly related to the scope of the current contract.