Training and Technical Assistance for Statewide Planning

The Justice for All Reauthorization Act, passed in December 2016, requires all applicants for FY2019 Byrne JAG state formula grant awards to include a statewide strategic plan that addresses resource allocation, use of data and implementation of evidence based practices. This comprehensive plan must be developed in consultation with a diverse group of stakeholders; defined in the Act. The plan must describe the evidence-based approaches to be used and illustrate how funding will be allocated. States will be required to update their strategic plans every five years.

Current planning efforts vary immensely among state administering agencies, due to capacity within the state agencies, lack of targeted training and technical assistance (TTA), and an inability to access and analyze the data necessary to plan for and measure program effectiveness. But, we can help.

The National Criminal Justice Association, with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, offers training and technical assistance to SAAs to support your strategic planning efforts and the implementation of evidence-based policies and practices. This TTA is designed to help states meet the 2019 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant requirement of a comprehensive statewide strategic plan. TTA will be delivered in a variety of ways to best meet your needs; including onsite facilitation, phone/email contact, web based learning, regional trainings, and personalized support. In addition, NCJA will be providing grants management training, mentoring and leadership development to our SAA partners.

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We offer three levels of training and technical assistance:

  • Tier 1 TTA includes a less intensive problem-solving response. Information may be delivered be email or phone and include the dissemination of publications and data and referrals to online resources. 

  • Tier 2 TTA involves direct staff support and may include the customization of documents, training materials and publications, as well as facilitating connections through our SAAs peer-to-peer mentor network or the network of Governor’s Criminal Justice Policy Advisors.

  • Tier 3 TTA involves the development of customized products or services to meet a state’s unique TA needs. In some cases, this will involve on-site delivery of TTA services. 

Click the button below to complete the request form for statewide strategic planning training and technical assistance (TTA). You will be asked to:

  • Describe the needs, problems or challenges your agency is seeking to address;

  • Upload your agency's most recent strategic plan (if any);

  • Identify areas of strategic planning that your agency wishes to focus on;

  • Select a preferred method of TTA delivery; and

  • Outline your timeframe for the strategic planning process.

Once you have submitted the TTA request form, NCJA staff will review the form and follow up with the individual listed in the form as the primary contact to determine next steps. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Deb Matteucci, Strategic Planning TTA Program Manager, at

Regional Strategic Planning Training Sessions

The NCJA, in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, hosts a series of regional training sessions to help SAAs meet the new strategic planning requirements that will be part of the FY19 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant applications. This training will focus on the elements of successful strategic planning, evidence-based practice, data and analysis for policy and program evaluation, and coordination with other components of the juvenile and criminal justice system.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Regional Strategic Planning Training on April 20-21, 2020 at the Iowa Department of Public Safety in Des Moines, IA

This training, held at the Iowa Department of Public Safety (Ole O. Roe training room, Pape State Office Building, 215 East 7th Street on the Iowa Capitol Complex) will focus on the fundamentals of strategic planning, preparing for the annual review and update due in 2020, federal reporting requirements (NIBRS, Death in Custody) and 1:1 review and support as you work through your current state Byrne JAG strategic plan.

There is not a reserved room block for this training event. The meeting space abuts Des Moines' "East Village" (a downtown neighborhood, on the east side of the Des Moines River and near the Capitol Building).  Among area options in the link, East Village hotels include: Embassy Suites, AC Hotel by Marriott, and Staybridge Suites. Look here for more lodging options. 


Funding to cover the costs of participant travel is available upon request. They are paid on a reimbursement request following the training. Limits are established by the federal GSA rates and will be reimbursed as follows:

  • Airfare/commercial transportation:  $600 max

  • Lodging:  $109/night + tax for 2 nights

  • Meal & incidental:  $61 for one day and $45.75 for two days. Total allowable $152.50

  • Ground/baggage fees:  $100max

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For further information, please contact our Strategic Planning TTA team at

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