Funding Opportunity

Randomized Controlled Trials of Criminal Justice Programs and Practices

Funding Application Due Date: 12/31/23

Opportunity Description

This Request for Proposals — a joint effort of AV’s Criminal Justice and Evidence-Based Policy initiatives—seeks grant applications to conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of criminal justice programs and practices (“interventions”) in the United States that fall into one of three tiers:

The intervention is backed by promising prior evidence suggesting it could produce sizable impacts on important criminal justice outcomes (e.g., prevent violence, reduce recidivism, minimize injustice, improve health/employment of persons formerly involved in the justice system).

The intervention is widely adopted in practice, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated and its impacts on key criminal justice outcomes are thus largely unknown.

The intervention is growing in use and likely to become widely adopted, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated.

While this Request for Proposals focuses on RCTs, Arnold Ventures will also consider certain rigorous quasiexperimental designs when random assignment is not feasible, as discussed under “study design” below. Submissions are welcome in all areas of criminal justice; we especially encourage those that align with a priority area of the Criminal Justice initiative (i.e., policing, pretrial justice, community supervision, prisons, and reintegration) or with the Evidence-Based Policy initiative’s focus on areas where prior studies have identified a number of promising interventions (e.g., youth crime prevention).

The ultimate goal in this effort is to build credible evidence about “what works” to improve criminal justice outcomes and, in particular, to grow the number of criminal justice interventions rigorously shown to produce important improvements in people’s lives. Few such proven-effective interventions currently exist, and until they do, our nation will lack the critical knowledge needed to move the needle on crime, injustice, and other key criminal justice outcomes.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

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