Structured Decision Making Framework (SDMF) Site Implementation Project

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Structured Decision Making Framework (SDMF) Site Implementation Project: In recent years, interest in high-quality parole decision making process has grown significantly. Paroling authorities are under considerable pressure and subject to substantial public and government scrutiny. It is in this environment that NIC developed, in collaboration with the Legal Decision-Making Lab of Carleton University, a tool – structured decision making framework (SDMF) – to improve decision making for offenders being released into the community from prisons. This tool, SDMF, acts as a road map or guideline for parole board members to help them reach, consistent, transparent and defensible release decisions. The structured approach guides parole board members through the deliberation process of making parole decision by considering the offender's information that has been demonstrated to be closely linked to positive post-release performance. The SDMF use has been supported through research in Canada and in the US by NIC. The research has demonstrated that using the SDMF increases both accuracy and accountability. Given the high stakes involved in parole decision making, even minimal improvements in the predictive accuracy can result in fewer victims and safer communities. In short, the SDMF is a standardized and structured approach or decision making process that has been validated. It is a due diligence model grounded in evidence-based practice. Two years ago, NIC developed a specialized technical assistance (TA) program and process to assist paroling authorities in planning for and implementing the SDMF into their existing practices. NIC has administered the program with a total of eight (8) paroling authorities requesting assistance. One major expectation of this training program is to enhance public safety by better identifying those offenders who are ready for re-entry and those who are not.
Federal Grant Title: Structured Decision Making Framework (SDMF) Site Implementation Project
Federal Agency Name: National Institute of Corrections (USDOJ-BOP-NIC)
Grant Categories: Other
Type of Opportunity: Other
Funding Opportunity Number: 18CS12
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 16.603
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: March 20th, 2018
Original Application Deadline: March 20th, 2018
Posted Date: January 19th, 2018
Creation Date: January 19th, 2018
Archive Date: April 19th, 2018
Total Program Funding: $200,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $200,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: January 19th, 2018
Category Explanation
This specialized training program is offered to all paroling authorities in the US. It is a part of NIC’s strategy to directly assist state and local jurisdictions to improve their management of operations and services. Requesting paroling authorities must currently use a validated risk assessment and agree to complete all phases of the program.
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services. NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as sub-recipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.
Grant Announcement Contact
Cameron Coblentz
Phone 202-514-0053
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