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Center for Justice Research and Innovation

The Center for Justice Research and Innovation transforms research into real-world programs and strategies for hundreds of justice systems across the country. We specialize in: Research Training, Technical Assistance, Critical Incident Reviews, Operational, Technological and Management Solutions.

Our Mission

To work with justice-related and community-based agencies and organizations on the assessment, implementation, evaluation and sustainment of organizational and system-wide improvements in the administration of justice. To develop and deliver high-quality assessments, evaluations, research, training and technical assistance, drawing on our diverse staff and national network of subject matter experts and collaborating with experts in related fields.

Areas of Practice

Technical Assistance — CNA works directly with law enforcement and other justice agencies to develop and implement customized training and technical assistance (TTA), using evidence-based solutions to improve performance and maximize impact.

Organizational Reform/Innovation — CNA’s approach to organizational transformation relies on assessments and evaluations that have been tested and proven in our work over the past 75 years of CNA’s history. It is data-driven and collaborative, combining subject matter experts in the specific organizational and topical areas at issue with experienced analysts who work directly with practitioners to identify, analyze and solve problems.


James R. “Chip” Coldren, Jr., Co-Director
Vivian Elliott, Co-Director