The NRCJIW, in partnership with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), has developed the Gender-Responsive Policy and Practice Assessment – Community Version (GRPPA-CV). The GRPPA-CV provides a framework that allows community agencies to examine and assess the current status of their alignment to gender and evidence-based principles and practices. Drawing on previous work by the Center for Gender and Justice on the Gender-Responsive Policy and Practices Assessment (GRPPA) and the Gender-Informed Practice Assessment (GIPA) developed by the Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP), the GRPPA-CV prepares and guides agencies to assess current practices across six domains: Leadership and Culture; Staffing and Training; Assessment and Case Planning; Programs and Services; Supervision Strategies; and Quality Assurance and Evaluation. The results of the GRPPA-CV assessment assist agencies to identify priority targets that promote positive outcomes for justice involved women.
Using a multi-method approach, the NRCJIW is currently working with CORE Associates and the National Institute of Corrections to provide training and coaching on the GRPPA-CV to five community corrections sites. This effort provides sites with intensive planning, training, and coaching in three stages:
- Planning and preparation:
- Assist sites to develop an Implementation Team
- Introduce the team to the GRPPA-CV protocol, assessment methods, and scoring manual
- Provide training and coaching to ensure that the team is prepared to conduct the assessment
- Provide virtual training and coaching in the implementation of the GRPPA-CV process:
- Work with the implementation team to support the administration of the GRPPA-CV implementation protocols and project expectations with selected sites
- Review scoring protocols
- Assist the implementation team to summarize the strengths, challenges, and opportunities noted across the six domains
- GRPPA-CV support and project review:
- Assist sites to prioritize targets and develop a strategic plan
- Provide coaching and assistance to address goals and action steps
It is anticipated that with the GRPPA-CV and implementation of evidence-based, gender-informed practices, community agencies will demonstrate a number of outcomes, including a reduction in rates of absconding and revocation, a reduction in overall risk level and needs, and a demonstrated increase in personal and social capital that support the individual well-being of women under community supervision.