The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Connecticut
In March 2011, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams, Jr., and House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan submitted formal letters of invitation to the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. These leaders highlighted their commitment to results-based accountability and data-driven decision making and requested Results First's help to use the cost-benefit model to identify and support cost-effective interventions for adult criminal and juvenile offenders.
After several months of planning and organization, the Connecticut Results First project was launched in December 2011. Representative Toni Walker, House Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning, co-chaired the initial policy work group that oversaw the first phase of the effort. That group comprised representatives from a range of organizations with an interest in cost-benefit analysis and evidence-based policymaking including the Office of Policy and Management, the legislative Office of Fiscal Analysis, relevant agencies, and state universities.
A staff work group, charged with implementing the Results First model, is now led by Andrew Clark, director of the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University. While the model is housed at the Institute, the staff work group includes analysts from several offices, who are divided into three subgroups by area of expertise. In December 2012, the staff work group completed initial model implementation and produced preliminary results for a select number of adult criminal and juvenile justice programs.
The fiscal 2014-15 biennium budget established the Results First Policy Oversight Committee to “advise on the development and implementation of the Pew-MacArthur Results First cost-benefit analysis model, with the overall goal of promoting cost-effective policies and programming by the state” and required the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch and the Department of Correction to assess the effectiveness of family violence programs and “consider findings from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative's cost-benefit analysis model with respect to such programs." In addition, the budget provided funds for the Institute of Municipal and Regional Policy to continue to assist “in the development of the Connecticut specific model within the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative."The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative is a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.