The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Pennsylvania
In March 2017, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency partnered with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to implement the Results First approach for a subset of state and grant-funded programs. The commission, in collaboration with the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) at Pennsylvania State University, provides financial and technical assistance to justice-related programs at the state and local level. Using a pilot approach, the commission will build and use Results First tools to assess 15 currently funded programs that cross multiple policy areas, including child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health. The commission plans to use the cost-benefit model to demonstrate the economic impact of investing in evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and secure future funding to expand these programs across the state.
The commission’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in coordination with EPISCenter, will lead the Results First pilot project. It will receive data collection support from the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, the Department of Corrections, and Penn State’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. This cross-entity collaboration will compile and analyze data to develop the Pennsylvania Results First model.
After successful completion of the pilot project, the commission hopes to expand its scope of work to include comprehensive inventories of commonwealth-funded programs, with a particular focus on delinquency prevention, and continue conducting cost-benefit analysis to target future investments.