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Second Chance Act Evaluation Participation Support Grant

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    BJA seeks applicants to participate in NIJ's legislatively mandated evaluation of the Second Chance Act Grant Program. Applicants must be current or former recipients of SCA funds that are running reentry programs with clearly defined interventions and are ready for a randomized controlled trial and rigorous evaluation, per NIJ's expectations (outlined in Appendix A). Selected grantees will receive funds to support their participation in the NIJ evaluation and can use funds to support tasks related to the evaluation, including but not limited to: data collection and extraction or a program coordinator to ensure successful collaboration among key partners. Eligible applications will be peer reviewed, and the subsequent funding recommendations will be merit based and made in collaboration with NIJ.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Applicants are expected to work collaboratively with BJA, NIJ, and NIJ's selected evaluation partner(s) to ensure the successful evaluation of their reentry programs. Objectives:

    • Provide consistent oversight to ensure the intervention is implemented with fidelity.  
    • Coordinate with NIJ-funded evaluator(s), including providing the necessary qualitative and quantitative data, to help ensure a successful evaluation project. If needed, grantees can use grant funds to supplement or augment their current data systems in order to support the data system requirements of the evaluation.
    • Ensure conditions are maintained to meet NIJ's expectations for the execution of a successful randomized control trial study, as outlined in Appendix A.  


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    The following entities are eligible to apply:

    • units or components of state, county, or local government, and
    • federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior)

    Applicants must be current or former recipients of BJA Second Chance Act funds that are running reentry programs that are ready for a rigorous, randomized control trial evaluation. Applicants must have the capacity to enroll and randomly assign at least 300 participants (150 treatment, 150 control) during the project timeframe. 

    Deadline Details

    All applications were due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 28, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $4,000,000 is available in total funding. Awards are up to $800,000. Project period is up to 48 months beginning on October 1, 2020. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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