CJJR is excited to announce the creation of the CJJR Knowledge Lab. As a new entity housed within the Center, the Lab will serve as the nexus of CJJR’s research interests and projects, producing new resources designed to strengthen the connection between research, policy, and practice in the child-serving fields. The explicit mission of the Knowledge Lab is two-fold:
- Producing research that is timely, meaningful, and impactful to improving delinquency prevention and intervention, including multi-system efforts across juvenile justice, child welfare and related systems; and
- Disseminating results and information to practitioners, policy-makers, advocates, and the general public to increase knowledge and contribute to the improvement of system experiences and outcomes for youth and their families.
For over ten years, the success of CJJR has been in its ability to translate high-quality research into practical programs, resources, and policy and practice recommendations for youth-serving systems. Establishing the Knowledge Lab will elevate this body of work to a new level, resulting in stronger linkages between CJJR initiatives through a robust research agenda, data sharing, cross-departmental information exchange and improved methods for reporting outcomes to stakeholders and the field at large.
CJJR is delighted to name Research Associates, Sam Abbott and Amber Farn, to staff the Knowledge Lab. Both bring significant experience in the cross-systems work that the Lab will support, respectively through research and evaluation efforts associated with CJJR’s Crossover Youth Practice Model and Certificate Programs.
In its first year, the Knowledge Lab will develop a research agenda and comprehensive plans for:
- Evaluations of various CJJR programs and CJJR’s impact on communities more broadly;
- The regular production of issue briefs, bulletins, reports, toolkits, and other materials related to the Center’s programs, special topics, and research questions identified in the agenda; and
- Webinars and other in-person or online training opportunities for CJJR constituents and the child-serving field more broadly, all linked to the CJJR research portfolio.
To ensure that the work of the Knowledge Lab is relevant and accessible to the professionals we serve, we want to hear from our constituents as much as possible. In that spirit, we have created a brief survey where you can tell us what you want to see in our research agenda. For example, are there any topics or research questions that you feel have been overlooked by the field at-large? The survey is open ended, and anything you can tell us will go a long way in creating an agenda that is valuable to our constituents.
I hope you share my excitement about this latest development at CJJR. I have no doubt that it will further enhance the goals of the Center and support the work you do every day to achieve better outcomes for the children, youth and families you serve.