Consulting

Northpointe’s consulting staff has experience working with leadership to deliver the changes an organization would like to implement.

Criminal justice agencies today are increasingly focused on results. The emphasis on outcomes requires jurisdictions to consider how to implement more evidence-based and cost-effective approaches to case management that helps reduce crime while increasing public safety. The shift in focus is challenging the way criminal justice agencies operate.

  • How do agencies balance traditional correctional practices with the growing literature on practices shown to be effective with criminal justice populations and their families?
  • What obligation do agencies have in changing their practices to align with the evidence-base on how to reduce recidivism?
  • How will agencies modify operations to meet the fiscal challenges in state and local government?
  • How will agencies use technology to support the change process?
  • How will performance be measured to determine success?
  • How will agencies train the workforce as criminal justice practices become a profession informed by knowledge from science and practice?

 

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The Blueprint Approach

The blueprint approach used by Northpointe creates a common architecture for the criminal justice process. In this work, Northpointe is partnering with agencies to identify organizational and case management improvements in the local criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on creating continuity in the decision-making practices of the system. These decisions are the context for improvement through the introduction of evidence-based approaches.

Northpointe is here to help – promoting criminal justice solutions that partner science with practice to address each of the challenges that come with organizational change and improvement.

Assess Organizational Readiness for Change

As the criminal justice field moves to a more rehabilitative approach to offender management and treatment and the demand for evidence-based practice increases, organizations are facing many changes in how they are structured internally as well as how they conduct business. Research into the success of organizational change has identified several issues and challenges that can either help or impede an organization’s success in their change plans.

Northpointe’s consulting staff has experience working with leadership to assess their readiness for change in context of the changes the organization would like to implement. The consultation approach prioritizes agency outcomes. In the process, we work with clients to identify the opportunities and threats to success and develop a plan to optimize the potential for success, including thoughtful staging of the process and effective communication with all stakeholders involved.

Strategic Planning: Aligning Intention with Practice in a Criminal Justice Organization

Northpointe has a wide variety of system planning experience working with our clients in criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, human services and the non-profit sector. These public sector systems have helped to refine our planning approaches and tools. The emphasis in our planning approach is developing and maintaining an appreciation for outcomes and creating alignment of the activities in the organization with desired results. Specifically, our approaches create capacity to systematically:

  • How do agencies balance traditional correctional practices with the growing literature on practices shown to be effective with criminal justice populations and their families?
  • Articulate the major decisions made in the operation of the agency
  • Integrate evidence-based practices from research
  • Integrate principles of practice to drive system efficiencies and outcomes
  • Develop programs, activities and processes to meet the needs of the client, the community and the system
  • Conduct process, outcome and impact evaluations of complex programs
  • Understand causal relationships between core program components and outcomes
  • Assess organizational networks and supporting infrastructure to determine the capacity to sustain, improve and extend services

 

Create an Evidence-Based Organization: How to Use Research to Improve Your Agency’s Performance

Full 2Today local, state and federal agencies are being pressured to provide evidence that their policy and case management practices are effective. A growing body of research on evidence-based practices is influencing the field to identify and implement only interventions and practices shown to be effective through research.

Northpointe’s knowledge of the eight principles of evidence-based practices in the criminal justice field, our experience assisting agencies to translate those principles into practice and our expertise in research and IT development provide clients with a unique skill set to assist them to align their agency’s goals with state-of-the-art interventions and to evaluate the efficacy of the interventions they implement. Through this process, agency leaders are armed with the information necessary to identify the most effective interventions available and justify requests for funding needed to support the appropriate implementation and monitoring of these new interventions.

The Politics of Change: A Leadership View

Leaders in all criminal justice agencies and systems know the importance of building and leading change in their agency and the often predictable conflicts that arise when they present their needs and demands to local, state and federal legislators. At the same time, agency leaders are challenged to work with the public, to help them understand the issues involved in managing criminal populations, including the time and resources needed to create effective change. In this consulting assignment, Northpointe helps clients to develop a plan to identify the opportunities for and threats to effective change, at both the practical and political level.

Use Data to Monitor Implementation, Support Planning, Manage Resources and Forecast

With decreasing budgets and increasing demand for effective programming for offenders, criminal justice agencies have a growing need to evaluate the programs they implement, understand system demands for staff, programming, and resources to effectively intervene with offenders, and plan for future changes in the size and needs of the offender population. Often, criminal justice organizations do not have experience with data and information collection or the internal capacity to complete this work.

Northpointe’s staff has extensive experience working with jurisdictions around the country to develop and execute appropriate data collection and analysis plans that will inform their current implementation as well as their future planning needs.

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