Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $59,984)
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.
Core Capacity: Ib. Measuring Criminal Justice System Performance
The Pennsylvania Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, will use FY 2014 SJS program funds to continue efforts to improve and expand the use of the Commonwealth's Criminal Justice Data Dashboard that was created using FY 2010-2013 funding to provide valuable criminal justice data and key performance indicators (KPI) to justice practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. The SAC proposes to use FY 2014 SJS funds to support contractual services to enhance and upgrade the system to validate users' new requirements, improve data sources, enhance the layout and content of the dashboard, and add additional data collection and reporting capability. Specifically, funds will be used to improve the quality and timeliness of data obtained from the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, county jails, and county probation offices and to enhance the quality of data, content, and design of the sentencing, county jail, and offender rehabilitation and inmate reentry dashboard pages to improve the SAC's ability to collect sentencing and inmate risk indicator data and to measure the effectiveness of the Commonwealth's rehabilitation and reentry programs. CA/NCF