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Cooperative Agreement - Revision of NIC's Evidence-based Practices Publications

15 May 2020
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2020 to update NIC's series of evidence-based practices (EBP) publications.

The goal of this project is to update the resources from Implementing Effective Correctional Management in the Community initiative which assists local and state systems in applying an integrated approach to the implementation of evidence-based principles in community corrections.

1) Conduct initial meeting with NIC to clarify goals and objectives, discuss timeline of activities, role clarification, and discuss overview of the project.
2) Consult with the NIC Project management staff to gain understanding of the history, purpose and objectives of the resources. Conduct a comprehensive audit of the resources and identify any new or emerging research, including implementation science that would improve the effectiveness of the resources.
3) Collaborate with NIC Project Management staff to identify a national project team consisting of researchers, consultants, and practitioners to assist with revision of the series of publications outlined in this solicitation.
4) Present the recommended revisions, updates, and draft a plan for work to be completed for the publications to the NIC project manager for review and approval.
5) Complete any additional edits and/or revisions to draft materials as necessary and submit the final draft.
6) Develop a marketing/communication plan to share updated publications with the community corrections field for Phase 2 activities.


1) Meet virtually with NIC Correctional Program Specialist project lead for initial kickoff meeting to clarify goals, objectives, and deliverables, including the setting of initial deadlines and roles.
2) Complete literature review on implementation science and evidence-based practices to inform the project work.
3) Develop revision and update plans that identify work to be done in the design, format, and layout stages.
4) Submit final drafts of revised and updated publications that meet the federal government’s requirements for plain language and Section 508 accessibility. Checklists may be accessed via and
5) Develop marketing/communication plan to share updated publications with the community corrections field for Phase 2 activities.

Deadline. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 14, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.

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Questions and Answers

Question 1:
We are applying for the NIC EBP grant. I think the program start period is listed incorrectly as June 30.
This is a quote from section B:
"NIC expects to make one award for as much as $90,000.00 for a 12-month project period, beginning on June 30, 2020."
Assuming this is incorrect, can you let me know when the program would start?

Answer: “The original project start date was incorrect and the solicitation was updated to reflect the correct date of August 14, 2020”