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 youth justice agencies to identify, confront, and resolve the challenges they face in building compelling evidence of their effectiveness. The Fellows 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.

From 2012 to 2014, the initiative included two types of fellowships: Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellows funded by the Pinkerton Foundation of New York and Rudin Fellows in Applied Justice Research supported by Mr. Jack Rudin and the Rudin family foundations of New York City. In 2015, two additional funding organizations will begin supporting activities of the Evidence Generation initiative. The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Research & Evaluation Center that will allow the Graduate Research Fellows to conduct evaluation projects with two prominent youth justice agencies. 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 very 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 become part of the larger initiative.