Randomized controlled trials are the gold standard in establishing effective treatments and practices. Applied randomized controlled trials are those trials that are conducted in real-world, community based settings subject to the complications of real-world practices. Conducting applied randomized controlled trials allows us to generate evidence with the greatest level of confidence that the key ingredients we are identifying in the course of research will be effective when appropriately applied. Yet, few randomized controlled trials occur in the development and evaluations of programs for reentering prisoners. If we are to redress high rates of reincarceration, we must apply research methods that will build a solid evidence base of what works, how it works, and for whom. The Institute for Advancing Justice Research and Innovation has accepted that challenge.
Future applied randomized controlled research trials include: a transition trauma treatment intervention adapted by gender; targeted programming for special populations (isolated prisoners, sex offenders, probationers); and programming for loved ones of those leaving prisons. Please check back for project updates.