Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Evidence-based Programming

The 2016 Legislative Session has arrived. This is one in a series of posts from the staff of the New Mexico Corrections Department. We intend to send a daily update to all our legislators with key points, facts, figures, personal stories describing life here at NMCD.

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative recently published a web analysis featuring New Mexico’s good work implementing the Results First approach to evidence-based policymaking:

Last fall, after working with Results First for several years, the New Mexico Corrections Department adopted an administrative policy that confirms the agency’s dedication to evidence-based programming. The policy establishes a framework that demonstrates the agency’s commitment to a continual inventory of its programs, mandates that 70 percent of program funds are directed to evidence-based programs, and institutes contracting standards that require vendors to document use of evidence-based practices and monitor outcomes for homegrown programs to ensure that they meet their goals. With this administrative action, New Mexico has further established its culture of using evidence to inform decisions.

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