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Evaluate Early Diversion Programs for Young Adults and Adults

Grant to a New York City Nonprofit or Agency to Assess
Criminal Justice Diversion Programs for Adults and Youth

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

Deadline Date:

12/16/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grant to a New York City nonprofit or government agency to assess criminal justice diversion programs for adults and young adults. The programs are meant to promote positive outcomes for defendants and the community. The recipient will evaluate the success of the initiative and whether it is cost-effective.

The Early Diversion Programs for Young Adults and Adults initiative seeks to spark innovation in the field of criminal justice diversion and increase New York City’s capacity in this area by funding the development and implementation of early diversion programs in Manhattan that are grounded in the principles of diversion best practice. These programs will hold defendants accountable for their offenses and link participants to services that are responsive to their specific risks and needs (and for young adults, age/developmental stage) in order to promote public safety and positive outcomes for defendants and communities.

This request seeks proposals to evaluate the Early Diversion initiative. Broadly speaking, DANY is interested in understanding how the initiative and individual programs are implemented, whether the model is effective in reducing risk factors for criminal justice involvement (e.g., recidivism), and whether it is cost-effective. Applicants should propose a design for an implementation assessment, an outcome evaluation, and a cost-benefit analysis, as specified in Section VI.B. The evaluator will be expected to work closely with ISLG and DANY throughout the evaluation period.

The evaluation(s) will focus on participants throughout the three-year implementation in each of the programs listed in Section IV.B. In addition, the evaluation should attend to the program models themselves, including their long-term viability and role in reducing justice system involvement. The evaluator should propose an evaluation framework that achieves an evaluation of the initiative more broadly, but that also speaks to differences within programs. Therefore, if possible, the evaluator should produce findings for the overall initiative as well as for individual programs.

Applicants should propose a design that permits an initial understanding of program implementation and effects within 1.5 years of the start of the evaluation, as well as full understanding of the initiative following its completion. Initial and ongoing findings may be used to adjust the implementation of the programs, if warranted. Ideally, the evaluation design should also allow for an understanding of short-term (3 months and 6 months following program completion) outcomes for the entire sample, and longer-term outcomes (1 year following program completion) for at least a subset of the sample.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184561

Number of Grants:

DANY anticipates awarding up to one contract.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office anticipates total funding for the evaluation to be up to $500,000 during the contract term.

Term of Contract:

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office anticipates awarding a contract for up to three years, beginning in late Spring 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profits 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 community-based organizations and government agencies to collect and interpret data; and experience conducting process/implementation, outcome, and/or cost-benefit evaluations of diversion programs and/or programs that serve low-risk, justice-involved young adults and adults. Finally, applicants should ideally have experience conducting multi-site evaluations.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit proposals is Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Questions and requests for clarification must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on 10/28/18. Answers to all questions will be available as an addendum to this RFP by 11:59pm EST on 11/14/2018.

Anticipated Contract Start Date: Late Spring 2019

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance
10 East 34th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016

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USA: New York City;   New York