Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

row of jars with a plant and coins in each, increasing in amount and plant sizeThe PPAC Effective Justice Strategies Subcommittee (EJS) is one of many entities currently supporting implementation of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. Results First, a joint project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, works with states to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach to policy making. It provides a number of tools to its partner states, including a cost-benefit model that policymakers can use to better inform budget and policy decisions in a number of areas. This allows state governments to make more strategic and informed choices, moving from anecdotal information to more effective and systematic scientific evidence to determine if programs are successful. Results First is currently partnering with 21 states and several counties across the country.

Wisconsin Results First officially launched in August 2014. The Statewide Criminal Justice Coordinating Council's Evidence-Based Decision Making subcommittee serves as the Results First policy team, with most of the work on the cost-benefit model being housed in the state Department of Corrections, due to data and staff capacity, and the focus of the initial work on prison programs. Staff from the Office of Court Operations and CCAP serve on workgroups engaged in populating the model with Wisconsin data. Some of the court-related data being looked at includes charging and disposition information data, treatment court costs and outcomes, and court costs associated with processing criminal cases. EJS is working with other state partners to expand the work of Results First beyond its current use in evaluating Department of Corrections prison programs. This includes using the model to evaluate local county treatment courts.

Additional information

For more information, contact the Office of Court Operations at (608) 266-3121.