06/27/2012 04:40 PM EDT
“In the state of Washington, legislators and executive agencies use a cutting-edge research model to help achieve that goal, by identifying evidence-based policies that provide the best return on taxpayers’ investment” (p. 1). This brief describes the process Washington uses to make decisions on whether to invest in a particular criminal justice program. Sections of this publication cover: the Results First Model—analyze, predict, calculate, rank, identify, assess, and work with policy makers; applying the model to a treatment program for juvenile offenders; applying the model to education; and facilitating effective policy. SOURCE: Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Center on the States (Washington, DC); John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL).