How Communities Can Reduce Recidivism

Crime imposes direct and significant costs on society. Victims of crime are affected both economically (through lost or damaged property) and socially (through emotional and physical trauma). Indirectly, crime is costly to society because the administrative apparatus that prosecutes, incarcerates, and supervises offenders is very expensive. Because repeat offenders commit a disproportionate share of crime, any program that reduces the propensity of offenders to recidivate is likely to generate significant benefits for society. Policymakers in the United States are aware of the enormous potential gains Continue reading →

Strengthening the Domestic Violence Field in California

In 2010, domestic violence (DV) service organizations in California faced considerable economic and political upheaval. One of the most significant DV public funding programs in California was cut, thus forcing agencies to close or lay off staff and mobilize emergency fundraising and advocacy campaigns. The DV field was at a critical juncture, with both challenges and opportunities for moving forward. Additional challenges included a sense of isolation, increasing executive transitions, and the more complex needs of diverse populations experiencing DV in California. In response, in Continue reading →

Building a “Smart” Talent Pipeline

Although research consistently points to the pivotal role that talented teachers play in student learning, school districts and charter management organizations (CMOs) face immense challenges in attracting and retaining high quality teachers. For instance, teacher turnover in many high-need schools is significant, in part, because young, energized teachers feel that they lack a voice within the school or the authority to bring about real change. Other obstacles to teacher retention include lack of meaningful professional development, limited opportunities for career advancement, and lack of recognition—in Continue reading →