The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021. This project will revise and expand original work published in 2008 to better reflect the current challenges and opportunities regarding the work of paroling authorities.
To develop a 2nd Edition of the Comprehensive Framework for Paroling Authorities in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices document. This “document” will take the eventual format of a desktop guide (see example here: https://info.nicic.gov/wwvc/ ). This desktop guide format will increase the user's access to the information in a searchable and easily updateable product that can still be printed on demand if the user chooses.
1. Complete a review of existing document to identify areas that can be retained, areas that need updating, and new material that should be included.
2. Conduct research on currently available information and resources (including a literature review of research on paroling authorities and their impact on the criminal justice system).
3. Gather information regarding the current state of agency practices, decision making processes, and responses to unpopular or negative-outcome decisions.
4. Form a focus group of five to seven subject matter experts with the input and approval of NIC staff. This group should be practitioners, both current and former, with significant knowledge of the subject, be willing to provide input, and act as reviewers of the materials and drafts.
5. Facilitate virtual meetings to conduct focus groups and other information gathering opportunities.
6. Provide recommendations of innovative and promising practices that could be included in the guide.
7. Provide a draft of the guide with appropriate references for review and approval by NIC.
8. Provide a final version of the guide for loading onto the NIC website.
1. Meet virtually with the NIC Correctional Program Specialist (CPS) Project Lead for initial kickoff meeting to clarify goals, objectives, and deliverables, including the setting of initial deadlines and role clarification within 30 days of award.
2. Participate in virtual monthly meetings with NIC project staff.
3. Participate in virtual ad hoc meetings of the focus group along with NIC project staff.
4. Report on currently available information and resources including a literature review of research on paroling authorities and their impact on the criminal justice system with the initial draft due within 90 days of award.
5. Conduct information gathering activities such as virtual focus groups, interviews, surveys, and polls of paroling authorities including the agency executives, parole board chairs, parole board members, and other relevant individuals within 90 days of award.
6. Present, virtually or in person, preliminary draft to NIC staff within 10 months of award.
7. Provide a final version of the guide as approved by NIC staff in the proper format, and NIC branding for loading to the website.
Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 19, 2021.