The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Alaska

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Alaska

This page was updated in August 2017 to reflect progress in the state.


In March 2015, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative partnered with the state of Alaska to further the state’s criminal justice reform efforts. This work will target evidence-based programs and recidivism-reduction grants by generating additional information to help guide policy decisions and ensuring that funded programs deliver the intended results.

The state’s executive and legislative branches issued letters of support for, and commitment to, implementing the Results First approach in Alaska. In his letter, Governor Bill Walker (I) said, “Results First will add significant value to Alaska’s policymaking area of criminal justice expenditures.”


Results First work is taking place under the direction of the Alaska Justice Information Center (jointly funded by the state of Alaska and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and housed within the University of Alaska, Anchorage Justice Center). 

In July 2016, the center published a complete inventory of state-funded adult criminal justice programs, including evidence of effectiveness and annual costs.

Next steps

The Alaska team plans to publish detailed cost-benefit analyses of criminal justice programs and policies to help inform agency and legislative budget decisions.