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Bureau of Applied Science, Research, and Policy


Bureau Chief

Brad Locke

The Bureau of Applied Science, Research, and Policy (BASRP) is dedicated to high standards in evidence-based research practices. This research is instrumental in the development and implementation of actuarial risk and needs assessments and screenings, such as Spectrum, designed to identify and treat criminogenic risk factors causing continued criminality. The BASRP conducts data analysis within a variety of areas including results of risk and needs assessments and screenings as well as conducting data analysis on evidence-based program and service outcomes. The BASRP is responsible for the review of FDC programs through the Program Clearinghouse and categorizing those programs as evidence-based, electives, or services that provide prosocial skills. Through the categorization, the FDC is able to apply appropriate programming to address criminogenic risk factors. Through careful study and evaluation, and staying informed of national research, trends, and studies in the correctional field, the Bureau of Applied Science, Research, and Policy is influential in guiding FDC program policy practices.

Spectrum

The BASRP is responsible for the development and implementation of the FDC actuarial risk and needs assessment, Spectrum. Spectrum connects institutions and community corrections, providing needs data to community stakeholders, creating a true end–to–end continuum of care. Spectrum addresses criminogenic needs effecting continued criminality, core programming needs, transition to community needs, and provides case management services to track those needs and program placement through incarceration and/or community supervision.

Glacier

Glacier is an interactive release forecast model designed to communicate criminogenic risk factors and other needs of releasing inmates. This model provides analytics for Spectrum’s eight domains, potential medical and mental health needs, as well as the number of inmates who may become homeless upon release from incarceration.

Program Clearinghouse

The FDC strives to deliver quality programs that are proven to treat criminogenic risk factors that influence continued criminality. The BASRP is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of offered programs and services. Through a detailed review utilizing evidence–based research, the BASRP categorizes programs as either evidence–based, an elective, or a service that provides prosocial skills. The BASRP continually conducts data analysis of program outcomes to ensure effective treatment resources.

If you are interested in establishing a program for inmates, please complete the form found at the link below. Submission instructions are included.

Program Review Application

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