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Byrne JAG Strategic Planning
Events, Trainings and Opportunities

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NCJA’s Data Office Hours, offered in conjunction with SEARCH, is an opportunity aimed at addressing individualized needs and challenges surrounding data. Whether you are just beginning to explore potential datasets or are seeking an evaluation of the viability of the data previously included in your strategic plan, the attached flyer presents some examples of data-related needs NCJA and SEARCH can help address.

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In partnership with the Center for Justice Innovation (CJI), NCJA has developed a menu of research and evaluation support options for State Administering Agencies (SAAs) to select from in order to develop subawardees’ capacity to evaluate their own programs. Please see the attached flyer to learn about the seven research and evaluation menu options, including a description of each option and how it might be useful in the strategic planning process.

Strategic Planning Crash Course

Offered once per year

The Strategic Planning Crash Course combines the fundamentals of Strategic Planning 101 with the more advanced components of Strategic Planning 201 for a two day in-person learning experience. This course if great for all levels of familiarity with strategic planning, whether you are new to the process or would like a refresher.


Topics include:


  • The basics of Byrne JAG and its strategic planning requirements

  • A thorough exploration of engaging traditional and nontraditional stakeholders

  • How to create strong and measurable strategic planning goals

  • How to use data: where to find it and how to use it to set priorities and evaluate your plan

  • Incorporating promising and evidence-informed practices

Byrne JAG Virtual Strategic Planning 101 Workshop 

Offered virtually twice per year

The Strategic Planning 101 workshop serves as a building block for State Administering Agencies (SAAs) and their staff in formulating a strategic plan as required by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to receive Byrne JAG funding.   


Topics include:

  • Understanding Byrne JAG and its strategic planning requirements

  • Engaging both traditional and non-traditional stakeholders

  • Creating strong strategic planning goals

  • An overview of available criminal justice data

The 101 workshop is great for those new to strategic planning, those who are interested in revisiting their planning processes or who just want a refresher on the basics.  


Byrne JAG Strategic Planning 201 Workshop

Offered twice per year, once virtually and once in-person

Strategic Planning 201 aims to help State Administering Agencies (SAAs) and their staff build upon the fundamentals of strategic planning introduced in Strategic Planning 101.  


Topics include: 

  • A deeper exploration of stakeholder engagement and relationship building 

  • The utilization of data throughout the strategic planning process, from setting priorities to evaluation processes 

  • Incorporating promising practices and evidence-informed practices 

The 201 workshop is ideal for individuals who have completed our Strategic Planning 101 workshop and are looking to delve deeper into the strategic planning process. 


New SAA Virtual Bootcamp 

Offered virtually twice per year

New SAA Bootcamps are designed to assist new SAAs and Byrne JAG grant managers in acclimating to their positions within the SAA’s office and within the administration of the JAG grant specifically. 

Topics include:

  • The role of the SAA

  • Understanding Byrne JAG strategic plan and annual report requirements

  • Byrne JAG administration

  • JAG penalties and reporting

  • NCJA TTA opportunities

  • BJA resources

  • Q&A with BJA State Policy Advisors

This workshop is perfect for new staff within SAA offices, particular new Byrne JAG grant managers and anyone looking for a review of the responsibilities of the SAA office surrounding the administration of the JAG grant.


NCJA Innovation Labs 

Offered virtually once per year

NCJA’s Innovation Labs are topic-focused working sessions spanning the course of six months with facilitated discussions for peer-to-peer learning, planning and brainstorming. Labs include resource development, planning and program development, hearing promising practices on innovative programming and participant collaboration on summarized recommendations for other SAAs.

Past Lab Topics:

  • Strategies for diversifying your funding and subawards

  • Data sharing and meeting federal reporting requirements

Innovation labs are specifically for individuals with time to dedicate to a one-hour meeting per month for six months in the pursuit of a peer-to-peer learning opportunity. These labs are participant-led and we encourage those who participate to lead the way and chime in with any and all feedback, challenges, ideas and perspectives. 


Leadership Academy

Offered once per year, the Academy is hybrid

The Leadership Academy is designed to provide SAAs and other criminal justice agency leaders and senior staff with the skills necessary to lead effectively, to enhance their capacity as administrators and to position their agency to address emerging justice system challenges. The academy is an intensive multi-month program that offers group instruction, individualized coaching, and networking with other program participants in executive leadership and personal and professional development and explores timely topics ranging from criminal justice reform to strategic planning. 

This workshop is designed with senior staff and criminal justice agency leaders in mind, whether that be within the SAA office or beyond to participate as individuals.


Not seeing what you’re looking for?


Please email us and let us know your particular needs! The NCJA Center for Justice Planning provides many direct TTA offerings including (but not limited to) developing and disseminating stakeholder surveys, helping SAAs navigate strategic planning and advisory boards, data visualization and PMT dashboards, recruiting non-traditional stakeholders for advisory committees and assistance with the comprehensive criminal justice strategic planning process.  

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