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Evaluate Programs to Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime

Grants to New York City Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies to
Evaluate Programs for Underserved Survivors of Crime

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New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) - Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII)

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12/22/17 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to New York City nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies for the evaluation of programs that serve victims of crimes, especially from underserved groups. The goals of the program are to increase access to services for survivors of crime, and to increase reporting, which can improve survivor outcomes as well as ultimately improve public safety. Funds are intended to evaluate select programs that are innovative or new, that have not been evaluated in the past, or that will be implemented in such a way that an evaluation is feasible.

The organizations receiving funding serve victim communities who face significant barriers to accessing services, including: people of color, immigrants and non-native English speakers; LGBTQ individuals; individuals with disabilities; and/or individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. These culturally-specific programs will raise public awareness through targeted outreach; connect survivors to available services; seek to increase crime reporting; enhance education and training for service providers; and improve translation and sign language interpretation services for survivors who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, or non-English speaking.

Through these grants, the District Attorney’s Office seeks to increase the utilization of these services within historically underserved communities, as well as mitigate the increased risk of criminal offending that can result from earlier victimization. These programs are part of DANY’s (New York County District Attorney’s Office) broader investments in victims of crime, which collectively aim to increase awareness and use of services among victims of crime in order to better meet their needs.

Of the 11 programs funded under the Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime initiative, five have been selected for evaluation as part of this solicitation. Specifically, DANY is interested in understanding how the programs are implemented, whether they are effective in increasing access to and use of services (e.g., rates of reporting victimization, rates of soliciting services following victimization, reduced disparities in reporting/access across demographic groups), and whether they are cost-effective. The evaluations could include a process evaluation, outcome evaluation, and/or return-on-investment (ROI) analysis, as described in the RFP.

Funded Programs: Five of the 11 programs funded through the Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime initiative are eligible for evaluation through this solicitation. These programs include the following:

a. Program 1. Barrier Free Living: Deaf Services Initiative:
- Barrier Free Living, Inc. (BFL) plans to implement the Deaf Services Initiative (DSI), which will include building the capacity of its Deaf Services Team (DST); expanding the availability of D/deaf/HOH-focused direct services; and strengthening communication access for D/deaf/HOH survivors.
- The DSI will take place in two locations. One service location is BFL’s Freedom House shelter, the nation’s first fully accessible emergency domestic violence shelter for survivors with disabilities and their families.The other service location is at the Secret Garden program, which is the only nonresidential domestic violence program designed specifically for New York City residents with disabilities.

b. Program 2. Center for Court Innovation (CCI): Men’s Empowerment Program (MEP):
- The Harlem Community Justice Center (CJC)—a project of the Center for Court Innovation (CCI)—will implement the Men’s Empowerment Program (MEP) to serve male crime victims of color ages 17 and over.
- The program will consist of trauma-informed, holistic, and culturally-competent victim services and address community norms surrounding masculinity that dissuade men who have experienced victimization from seeking help.

c. Program 3. Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC): Trans Trauma Program (TTP):
- The Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC), housed within the Institute for Advanced Medicine (IAM) of the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), will collaborate with the IAM’s new Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery (CTMS) to establish the Trans Trauma Program (TPP).
- It will provide free trauma-focused therapeutic programming to transgender survivors of crime.

d. Program 4. New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH): Manhattan Justice for Workers Collaborative (MJWC):
- The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) will establish the Manhattan Justice for Workers Collaborative to increase reporting of health and safety violations and wage theft among Latino/a immigrant workers in Manhattan.
- NYCOSH will subcontract with five workers’ rights and occupational health and safety organizations (i.e., partner organizations) and focus on low-wage Latino/a immigrant workers in all industries, with a particular focus on the construction industry.

e. Program 5. Sanctuary for Families: Career Readiness Training Program (CRTP):
- As part of its Economic Empowerment Program (EEP), Sanctuary for Families (“Sanctuary”) operates a Career Readiness Training Program (CRTP): an intensive, structured job training program for survivors of IPV and sex trafficking.
- CRTP is a four- month program of career readiness, basic literacy, and hard skills training that leads to nationally-recognized technology certifications and job placements in high-demand fields.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182408

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Number of Grants:

DANY anticipates awarding one or more contracts.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum funding per evaluation/program is $400,000. DANY may fund one applicant to evaluate all five programs; or multiple applicants, each of which would evaluate one or more of the programs. Thus, applicants may request up to $1.7 million total.

Term of Contract:

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office anticipates awarding one or more contracts for up to 4.5 years, beginning in late Spring 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For-profits, nonprofits, and government agencies are eligible to apply. Non-profits without 501(c)(3) status are required to have a fiscal sponsor in place upon proposal submission.

Applicants should have experience and success partnering with relevant organizations or government agencies to collect and interpret data; and experience conducting process, outcome, and/or ROI evaluations related to survivors of crime, as well as (ideally) other topics related to the criminal justice system.

Pre-Application Information:

- Questions about this RFP and/or about individual programs/providers listed in this solicitation may be submitted in writing through the CJII application portal (see Contact Information below).
- Questions and requests for clarification must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Friday, October 27, 2017.
- Answers to all questions will be available as an addendum to this RFP by 11:59pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. Any addenda will be posted alongside the RFP here:

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The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, December 22, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

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USA: New York City;   New York