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Trying to prevent crime through the use of strategies that have not been proven to be effective can be counterproductive. In an initiative to improve the way crime prevention policy is made, the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is planning to work with the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy to explore how OJP and other federal agencies and programs can use evidence-based approaches to crime and substance-abuse prevention.

The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Council for Excellence in Government. Its bipartisan board includes former senior government officials, scholars, researchers, and others who represent a range of policy areas.

The new initiative will include the development of a "What Works Clearinghouse" to help policymakers obtain information on effective crime and substance-abuse interventions. It will explore ways for communities to use existing resources to replicate research-proven strategies, and it will strive to increase collaboration within federal agencies to build a knowledge base and increase the use of evidence-based policy.

The initiative is independently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Jerry Lee Foundation.
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Date:Apr 1, 2003
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