What NCJA Can Offer
The NCJA staff has extensive experience in providing assistance to federal, state, local and tribal justice agencies to identify barriers and develop strategies to increase the effectiveness of criminal justice agencies and programs. NCJA staff is supported by a cadre of experienced criminal justice decision makers who can be engaged to provide specialized expertise identified by NCJA client agencies and programs.
Strategic Planning and Strategy Implementation
Comprehensive planning based on priorities for addressing a jurisdiction’s criminal justice challenges is the foundation for effective resource management. NCJA staff is skilled in providing the expertise to guide your agency through a planning process that engages all stakeholders in the criminal justice and produces a dynamic plan to guide your jurisdiction in designing and implementing strategies unique to the environment you face.
Stakeholder Engagement Strategy
Collaboration is essential to effective strategies for responding to shared challenges. A guiding principle underlying NCJA’s work is a commitment to involve agencies and individuals who experience confronts the criminal justice system as well as agencies and individuals who can effect change in the system in a process leading to shared strategies and responses. NCJA staff is skilled in managing the consensus building process among a diverse group of criminal justice decision makers, practitioners and clients.
Conference and Workshop Design
Well-designed conferences and workshops maximize the productivity of a group of subject matter experts and decision makers to accomplish a shared goal. NCJA staff can guide you through planning process to ensure that proper techniques and adult learning strategies are applied to your conference or workshop to accomplish the event’s goal.
Meeting and Workshop Facilitation
Effective management of participant interaction during a meeting or workshop is the difference between a meeting that results in no tangible action and one that charts the course for future action and collaboration. In many instances, a third party can manage this interaction more effectively than the convenor of the meeting or workshop. NCJA staff will work closely with you to understand your purpose in convening the meeting and will employ proper group facilitation techniques to accomplish your purpose.
The ability to tell your story can mean the difference between securing the resources you need and struggling to get a good idea implemented. NCJA staff are highly skilled in providing training to reinforce your skills for making a compelling case or communicating effective with decision makers.
Proposal Preparation and Management
The key to obtaining material support – funding, donations, and human capital – is a well-constructed project proposal and budget. NCJA staff has extensive experience in preparing, submitting, and winning grants and contracts and are well-versed in the requirements of winning proposals. Moreover, NCJA staff has access to an extensive network of state officials who provide funding for programs based on funding solicitations and evaluations. These officials and NCJA staff can act as outside reviewers of your proposals prior submission to the funding agency.
Project Performance Measurement
A key requirement of any program design are performance measures that inform funding agencies and program managers of the program’s true impact on the problem the program is designed to address. Building on extensive experience with federal funding authorities and state funding agencies, NCJA staff and consultants can provide assistance in defining applicable measures and strategies to capture data based on these measures.
Evidence Based Program Design
As resources dwindle, funding authorities – public and private – are looking to invest in proven solutions to public safety problems and challenges. NCJA staff can work with you to identify proven programs and solutions that will address the unique environment in your jurisdiction. NCJA staff can facilitate consultation with the program managers responsible for designing and managing programs that produce results.
Peer to Peer Consultation and Exchange
The NCJA manages a network of Sr. Policy Advisors made up of seasoned senior professionals with expertise in all aspects of public safety, public finance, program management and policy analysis. Using techniques such as community based strategic planning, group facilitation and data driven decision making, these subject matter experts can guide you in developing strategies and programs grounded in the realities of your community.
The NCJA is recognized by its peers in public safety, officials in federal, state, tribal, and local governments, and public safety practitioners nationwide as the source of authoritative and solid analysis of issues affecting public safety. Examples include the role of federal assistance in the administration of justice, implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), and collaboration among state and tribal governments.
Federal Grants Management
Accounting for funding provided by federal agencies as well as from other sources undergirds effective resource management. NCJA provides training and technical assistance to support recipients of funding from public and private entities to fulfill the requirements attached to this support. The NCJA is the provider of grants management training technical assistance to the state administrators of federal assistance for homeland security under contract to the US Department of Homeland Security.