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Cooperative Agreement -VILT Training and Facilitation for Implementing a Classification Revalidation Instrument

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26 Feb 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021. The work in this cooperative agreement will result in the presentation of national webinar training in the facilitation of the instructional materials for the newly published (2020) document “Revalidating External Prison Classification Systems,” as well as coaching and supporting correctional agencies involved in the process.


The goal of this project is threefold:
1) Provide correctional agencies with awareness training regarding the value of assessing their current system.
2) Provide coaching and data review for the five states currently in the process of revalidation.
3) Add three new states to the process of revalidation.

1. Create an awareness training regarding the value of assessing their current classification system.
2. Ensure coaching and support for successful outcomes of the revalidation process.
3. Assist the states with organizational implementation.
4. Evaluate and troubleshoot emerging issues throughout the process.

1. Develop and present up to two national webinars to create awareness of the revalidation process.
2. In conjunction with the NIC Program Manager, the applicant will be required to create and provide summation of a brief survey to determine the need for revalidation assistance.
3. Assist the NIC Program Manager on the identification and selection of three additional correctional agencies for participation in the revalidation process.
4. Provide live, web-based orientation for new correctional agency teams with expectations and timelines documented.
5. Set up a calendar for agency team meetings, and monthly project review meetings with the NIC Program Manager.
6. With the approval of the NIC Program Manager, identify and train no less than two individuals in using the revalidation instrument and workbook to build training capacity.
7. In the final quarter of the award, initiate up to two agency site visits with input from the NIC Program Manager, providing there are no travel restrictions.
8. Within five months of the award, the applicant will finalize assistance to the five states currently involved in revalidation and make any changes to the workbook based on their feedback.
9. Prepare and analyze a Level 1 evaluation on all agencies participating in the project.


Applicants must register with 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 by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 27, 2021


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