Research Consortium

The Research Consortium fosters partnerships
between criminal justice agencies and academic partners
Research Consortium


The Criminal Justice Research Consortium brings together academics from colleges and universities in New York to develop research-based solutions to real-world problems facing local criminal justice agencies: police departments, sheriffs’ offices, probation departments, and district attorneys’ offices.

An initiative of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Research Consortium aims to promote the use of data, foster the implementation and expansion of evidence-based programs, and expand the body of criminal justice research. To that end, the Consortium:


  • Matches criminal justice agencies who are seeking assistance from researchers with appropriate expertise;


  • Evaluates research projects proposed by academic-practitioner partnerships to determine whether they may be eligible for funding;


  • Supports selected programs with small grants; and



This presentation, designed for academic partners, offers details about the Consortium: the process and project development, potential local agency participants and project types, available funding, academic partner expectations and an anticipated timeline to start projects.


  • The Division of Criminal Justice Services, which enhances public safety by providing resources and services that inform decision making and improve the quality of the criminal justice system


  • Local police departments, sheriffs’ offices, district attorneys’ offices and probation departments


  • Researchers with expertise in policy practices, community corrections or assessment, for example, associated with a college or university in New York State or adjoining state

                                     Research Consortium Academic Partner Institution Map 

Academic Partner Institution Map

Project Examples

Academics and criminal justice professionals may partner on projects designed to:


  • Analyze local criminal justice data, such as reported crimes, case volume, dispositions, or recidivism rates


  • Analyze local populations (for example, probationers) or cohorts of individuals participating in specific programs


  • Assist with data collection, such as developing a case collection system or process for coding case files


  • Survey the community (for example, focus groups on community attitudes toward law enforcement personnel)


  • Review geographic hot spots or boundaries


  • Develop and implement assessment tools


  • Review processes for implementing a new strategy or program


  • Assess program impact or effectiveness


  • Evaluate new policies


  • Evaluate pilot programs


The goal of the Consortium is to expand criminal justice research and to promote the use of data and the adoption of research-based evidence in local criminal justice agencies.


Other goals:


  • Improve criminal justice practices and operations


  • Identify and test strategies to address agency concerns


  • Contribute to policy-relevant research


  • Foster new partnerships and opportunities for collaboration


Criminal Justice Professionals will:


  • Receive assistance and advice on a crime issue/problem


  • Obtain a fresh perspective and objective review of an existing program or new initiative or policy


  • Test solutions in quick timeframes


  • Use analyses to aid decision making


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Academic Partners will:


  • Help local agencies improve programs and practices to enhance the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in those communities


  • Strengthen research skills and contribute to broadening the criminal justice knowledge base in the state


  • Conduct research in a real-world setting


  • Access funding


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