Evidence Generation

Evidence Generation is an initiative of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JohnJayREC). The Graduate Research Fellows of Evidence Generation work with justice agencies to identify, confront, and resolve the challenges they face in building compelling evidence of their effectiveness. Graduate Fellows from Evidence Generation occasionally assist agencies with evaluation tasks, but their primary mission is to prepare and empower agencies to generate better evidence. Organizations are not charged for their affiliation with Evidence Generation. The initiative is supported by grants that cover the costs of the Research Fellows and all other staff and faculty involved in the work.

The original and foundational support for Evidence Generation was provided by Mr. Jack Rudin and the Rudin family foundations of New York City. From 2012 to 2014, the initiative was also supported by the Pinkerton Foundation of New York. In 2015, two additional funding organizations began to support activities of the Evidence Generation initiative. The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded two evaluation projects focused on agencies affiliated with Evidence Generation. In addition, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services provided a contract to the Center for research and consulting services to advance ACS’s goal of incorporating positive youth outcomes into the routine monitoring of agency effectiveness.

The Research & Evaluation Center is interested in growing the scale and impact of the Evidence Generation initiative. For a relatively small investment (about $25,000 per Graduate Fellow per year), additional foundation partners are invited to support the initiative. Each fellowship may be named for the funding source and the work of that research fellow will be overseen as part of the larger initiative.