Evaluation of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program

In collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NIJ is seeking competitive applications for a cooperative agreement to support research on the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program.

The purpose of this solicitation is to inform the program's place-based and community-oriented

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efforts to reduce violent and serious crime as part of the Administration's comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization.

In partnership with researchers and community stakeholders, BCJI grantees identify "hot spots" in neighborhoods challenged by poverty, unemployment, struggling schools, and inadequate housing; they collaboratively develop environmental design, legislative, and other approaches to promote collective efficacy and target crime among offenders returning from incarceration, gangs, and youth.

Applications must propose four research tasks:
a review of BCJI planning, implementation, and enhancement grants; a process evaluation of BCJI grant activities; an evaluability assessment of BCJI program sites; and a process and outcome evaluation of the BCJI Training and Technical Assistance.
Agency: National Institute of Justice


Estimated Funding: $850,000

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Current BCJI Program and Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) grantees, their contractors, and consultants are ineligible to apply for this award (this includes any research partners involved in current BCJI Program grant projects).

Former BCJI Program or TTA grantees, their contractors, or consultants may apply if the (paid or unpaid) working relationship related to the BCJI or TTA grant ended June 1, 2015 or prior.

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