Research and Evaluation Center
The Research and Evaluation (R&E) Center is an applied research organization and part of the Research Consortium of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At any given time, the Center may be involved in five to ten individual projects.
For example, researchers in the R&E Center are working with Temple University to design and implement a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s $8.6 million Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program (CBVP).
Since 2011, the R&E Center has been working with Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) to enhance their research and evaluation focus. Researchers are collaborating with YAP leadership and staff to enhance the organization’s focus on data and evidence.
The Center is also assessing the implementation of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, an effort initiated by the White House that brings together the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Education, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy to support the development of more effective youth violence prevention strategies in U.S. cities.
Researchers in the R&E Center are also helping the national office of YouthBuild to design and implement a quality assessment process for two of its programmatic initiatives: a National Mentoring Initiative funded by the Department of Justice and a collaboration with AmeriCorps funded by the Department of Labor.
The director of the Research and Evaluation Center is Dr. Jeffrey A. Butts. As part of the Research Consortium, the Center operates under the supervision of the Office for the Advancement of Research (OAR), headed by the interim Associate Provost and Dean of Research at John Jay College, Dr. Anthony Carpi.