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:

  • Connects criminal justice agencies seeking research assistance to academic partners with appropriate expertise;
  • Evaluates research projects proposed by academic-practitioner partnerships to determine whether they may be eligible for funding; and
  • Shares results through the Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank.


Select programs are supported with small local assistance grants.  However, not all types of projects will require funding through the Research Consortium. 

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 who have expertise in policy practices associated with a college or university in New York State or adjoining state

                                     Research Consortium Academic Partner Institution Map 

Academic Partner Institution Map



The following projects have been supported through the Research Consortium:

  • An analysis of the relationship between 911 calls for service and gun violence in Niagara Falls
  • An evaluation of Oneida County's implementation of the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) model, known as Save Our Streets (SOS)
  • A process evaluation of changes to Onondaga County's offender-focused strategy to reduce violent crime in the city of Syracuse
  • An evaluation of Schenectady County's implementation of the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) model, known as Schenectady STRONG


Coming Soon

The following projects are in process; summaries will be posted upon project conclusion:

  • An examination of the use of emerging clusters software, custom notifications, and social networks in Buffalo
  • Focus group results on procedural justice topics in the city of Rochester
  • An analysis of Monroe County's Swift, Certain and Fair program
  • An examination of the impact of Oneida County's centralized arraignment court part


The Research Consortium can connect academics and criminal justice professionals to 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
  • Address other crime issues identified by practitioners


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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Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
80 South Swan St.
Albany, New York 12210