Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $70,000)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.
The Pennsylvania Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), will use SJS funds expand upon its efforts to implement a digital dashboard in each of the state's 64 counties to support the development and monitoring of key performance measurements for state and county level justice programs. SJS funds will be utilized to implement and deploy an enhanced digital dashboard to each county and expand the data collection by obtaining additional juvenile delinquency data from the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission. The successful completion of this project will demonstrate how dashboards can help shape and inform real-time decision-making by justice officials and policymakers by providing ready access to key justice performance indicators.