State Fact Sheet

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Kansas

Background

In November 2011, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative partnered with the Kansas Department of Corrections, under the leadership of Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts, to establish a cost-benefit model customized to the Kansas criminal justice system.

Implementation

Research staff at the Kansas Department of Corrections, with support from the Kansas Sentencing Commission, developed the Kansas Results First model which assesses the expected return on investment of an array of adult criminal justice programs, including cognitive behavioral therapy for high-risk inmates, offender workforce development services, and community-based programming for nonviolent drug-possession offenders.

The department also plans to use the Kansas Results First model to strengthen its program monitoring activities.  The model will enable researchers to project the expected return on investment of programs implemented with fidelity to the design and create benchmarks for measuring program outcomes for services delivered by contract providers.

Next steps

The Kansas Department of Corrections is working to further develop the model with additional adult criminal justice programs and expand the model to juvenile justice programs.