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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 Staffing Analysis - Virtual Instructor-Led Training Delivery and E-Resource Development. This program furthers NIC’s mission by building the capacity and sustainability of federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies to independently evaluate and assess staffing requirements.

This program aims to advance operational safety and security by enhancing correctional staffing practices through innovative training, technical assistance, and e-resources.

1. Deliver NIC’s virtual instructor-led staffing analysis training curriculum which applies to all correctional facility settings.
2. Collect and analyze post-delivery feedback from participants, instructors, and project team members.
3. Refine and revise the virtual instructor-led staffing analysis training curriculum as needed.
4. Develop a staffing analysis e-resource toolkit.

1. Conduct an initial virtual meeting with NIC within ten days of the award to review goals and objectives, discuss and develop a timeline of activities, role clarification, overview of the project, and the project concept plan.
2. The awardee will deliver three iterations of the NIC staffing analysis training program designed for virtual instructor-led training (VILT) delivery. Each iteration will be delivered to four facilities, each providing a four to five-member staffing analysis team, for a total of up to 20 participants.
3. The awardee is responsible for contracting and compensating technical resource providers (TRPs) to deliver training and related assistance under the cooperative agreement. If not performed solely by the awardee, TRP services will include:
• Participation in virtual meetings with the cooperative agreement team.
• Data and information requests. Examples of data and information include floor plans, staff coverage plan, master and daily rosters, organizational chart, and relief factor(s).
• Evaluation of agency data to become familiar with each facility’s unique characteristics, prepare for instructional delivery of the curriculum, and identify any agency challenges concerning data/information collection.
• Delivering approximately two hours of program instruction weekly for six to eight weeks. Awardee should anticipate that the training session host will be required to initiate the session approximately one hour prior to the scheduled start time and that all instructors be logged into the training session at least 30 minutes prior to the session to conduct technology checks and make final preparations.
• Providing participant agencies approximately twelve hours of weekly intersession coaching and guidance, validating intersession work to confirm each process step is understood and accomplished, and reviewing draft staffing analysis reports completed after the final session.
4. The awardee, in collaboration with NIC program managers, will schedule and complete VILT curriculum rehearsals. Rehearsals will be conducted on NIC’s Webex Training platform. Awardee is responsible for acting as, or providing, the producer for all rehearsals and instructional sessions throughout the delivery of the VILT curriculum.
5. The awardee will design and implement an evaluation process to collect user feedback to assess the program’s effectiveness and provide NIC a summary report of the training event within a week of its conclusion.
6. Awardee should anticipate making minor revisions to the curriculum throughout the award term based on participant and project team member feedback.
7. The awardee will record all sessions and edit the recordings to remove any agency-specific sensitive information. The finalized recordings are part of the program deliverables and will be used as NIC deems appropriate.
8. The awardee should plan to have participant-developed draft staffing analysis reports reviewed and ready for each agency to finalize no later than two weeks following the final VILT session.
9. The awardee, in collaboration with NIC program managers, will coordinate all training logistics, such as agency point of contact, dates, technical readiness checks with participants, etc.
10. The awardee will meet all financial and reporting requirements for the cooperative agreements.
11. Develop a comprehensive e-resource toolkit replicated across the following platforms: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Adobe Acrobat. The toolkits shall incorporate all of the staffing analysis checklists, charts, forms, and spreadsheets and leverage all platform capabilities and functions. Examples include, but are not limited to, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) coding, fillable forms, calculations, and automated data and information sharing throughout each toolkit.


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 23, 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


The National Institute of Corrections' 2015 Learning and Performance Symposium activities focused on the single most important need identified by participants of the inaugural 2104 Learning and Performance Symposium - Forty Forward. During the needs assessment process of NIC’s first learning and performance symposium, practitioners said their single most important need is for innovations in training and learning delivery.

2015 Symposium activities focused on innovations in training and learning delivery included: presentations by corrections professionals representing various agencies on ways they are implementing innovations in learning and training delivery; breakout session in discipline specific groupings (prisons, jails, juvenile justice and community corrections) to discuss innovations, barriers, resources and potential solutions related to improving learning and training delivery; opportunities for professionals from local, state and federal corrections agencies in all disciplines to network and share ideas and resources related to innovations they are trying out or implementing within their agencies; [and] presentations focused on research-based strategies followed by discussions focused on different approaches to implementation.

This Proceedings Document sequentially highlights all the key content and activities of the two-and-a-half day 2015 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium attended by 138 corrections professionals from all disciplines including prisons, jails, community corrections and juvenile justice.

Content includes: Day 1 - Symposium Overview Page; Activity: Write Your Personal Motto for Learning and Performance; Activity--3 Questions - What are you looking for? Why are you at the Symposium? What will you do to get what you want?; Presentation: Strategic Thinking/ Problem Solving Training Delivery; Activity: Force Field Analysis of Training Transfer - Driving Forces vs. Restraining Forces Page; Activity: Conceptual Thinking - Build an Inter-relational Diagraph Page; Activity: Creative Thinking - Inventing & Innovating - Build and “Sell” an Innovative Training Tool; Breakout Session: Innovations, Barriers, Resources and Solutions; Activity: Set a Training Goal. Identify Barriers, Receive Peer Coaching; Day 2 - Presentation: NIC Learning Delivery Innovations; Presentations: From the Field - Learning Delivery Innovations (13 Presentations); Presentation: Training Truths - Engagement and Practice; Presentation: Virtual Response as an Engagement Tool; Activity: The Value of Practice; Guided Practice: Strategies Application; Training Design Tools; Activity: Hunting for the Good Stuff; Day 3 - Next Steps; Activity: What If?; Activity: Lead the Charge! Carry the Flag!; and Activity: Town Hall Discussion. 

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This Proceedings Document reflects all the key content and activities of the three-day 2016 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium attended by approximately 100 corrections professionals from all disciplines including prisons, jails, community corrections and juvenile justice.

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Collaboration between faith-based organizations, community organizations, and corrections has proven to be a cost-effective way to meet agency needs and bring much needed services to offenders. This unique partnership also helps to promote social justice, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety. This 3-hour program examines the myths, realities, boundaries, and benefits of this collaboration while providing information to help correctional leaders achieve new and more successful re-entry initiatives by creating service partnerships between faith-based and community organizations and corrections. Discussion topics include: leveraging money through partnerships; dispelling the myths surrounding a partnership between faith-based and community organizations and corrections; creating a solution-based partnership that helps to improves lives and fosters community safety; navigating the request for proposal (RFP) process and associated legal terms; and developing a “4th hour” action plan to integrate and expand upon the information presented.

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Highlights are provided of advice given by individuals from correctional agencies and faith-based and community organizations on how to create successful partnerships. Sections of this presentation are: understanding each other—questions and concerns; making partnerships work; legal issues; and getting started.

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This program addresses the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA legislatively impacted the field of corrections when it was signed into law in 1990. Some correctional organizations have made significant progress to address this legislation, others have found themselves in costly litigation, and for others, ADA compliance needs to be addressed. Compliance is everyone's business. Panelists will provide a systemic view of the following: ADA awareness and ADA myths; fifteen-year history of the ADA in corrections; collaboration among administrators, health care, and custody staff; relationship between security and the ADA concept of "direct threat"; reasonable accommodations within a correctional setting; dialogue between stakeholders regarding ADA compliance in corrections; benefits of accessible design; and the future of ADA in corrections.

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This 2-hour program in a town hall format was broadcast live from the American Correctional Association's Winter Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on January 10, 2005. The discussion panel includes various leaders working in and with corrections and criminal justice professionals. The intent of the broadcast is to provide education and up-to-date information on the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) to the field of corrections. Discussion topics include the following: issues of misconduct that initiated the legislation; what drove the Act through Congress; and the issue of misconduct.

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The Academy Division sponsors technical assistance, training, and networks around three major initiatives: Cognitive Behavioral Training, Learning and Performance, and Leadership Development.

Cognitive Behavioral Training (CBT) is designed to address thinking patterns and assist people in behavior change. NIC's CBT initiative is comprised of Thinking for a Change.

The Academy Leadership Development Partnership Initiative (LDPI) incorporates research, fosters innovation, and drives opportunities for professional growth by partnering with constituent agencies to plan, develop, implement, and measure agency-based leadership development programs: programs that are specific to the agency, implemented by the agency, and sustained by the agency.

The Learning and Performance Initiative represents NIC’s effort to help build staff training and development capacity in correctional agencies. Click here for resources for trainers and curriculum designers.

Division Chief: Jeff Hadnot

Crime is everyone's business. It affects entire communities. Too often, crime victims are left to fend for themselves or are forgotten, especially after the court process. Significant progress has been made in corrections-based victim services over the past two decades. Yet, true excellence in victim services can only be achieved through active collaboration.

This interactive, multidisciplinary program examines the need for a collaborative approach to corrections-based victim services. In addition, it highlights the importance of victim-centered responses by corrections, allied professionals, and the community in addressing the rights, needs, and traumas of crime victims.

Participants will: gain increased sensitivity towards crime victims and describe how crime affects people; identify and apply various methods and strategies to hold offenders accountable for the harm they have caused; identify and plan responsive strategies for corrections-based victim services in partnership with other justice and community stakeholders; develop a plan to measure victim services effectively in your jurisdiction; identify local and national resources and develop action plans for victim services collaboration; and create connections to help provide seamless services throughout corrections.

The intended outcome of this training is to empower agencies to take a leadership role in the development and delivery of victim services training to meet their specific system requirements. This training will be supplemented with resource materials that states, jurisdictions, and agencies may use in the development and management of victim services training.

Facilitator and participant manuals are also included.

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