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Utah and Montana GenLEX Initiative

In June 2012, Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS), in partnership with Montana’s Department of Labor, was awarded a Workforce Innovation Fund Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to carry out the consortium’s “Next Generation Labor Exchange (GenLEX)” initiative. The University of Utah’s Social Research Institute (SRI) was awarded the contract to serve as the third-party evaluator. This included providing a research design and statistical analysis for the evaluation of three sets of LEX test components introduced through the GenLEX project.

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A Review of Brief Risk Assessment Tools Validated for use in Correctional Settings

Conducting structured risk assessments with offenders is valuable but expensive. Brief risk assessments are less time- and resource-intensive but can allow criminal justice entities to determine which individuals are low-risk vs which should receive a comprehensive risk assessment. In UCJC's 2014-2015 study, we evaluated brief instruments that predict general and violent recidivism, failure to appear, and technical violations. . .

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Piloting Utah’s Response and Incentive Matrix: Results from Staff and Stakeholder Surveys

UCJC conducted an evaluation (2015) of the Response and Incentive Matrix (RIM) developed to respond to compliance with and/or violations of Utah probationers' and parolees' supervision conditions. The tool was created by a committee that included representatives from the Utah Sentencing Commission, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) . . .

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Evaluation of the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP)

UCJC conducted an evaluation (2014-2015) to determine whether a program conducted by The Road Home (TRH) increased housing stability, access to mental health treatment, and quality of life. TRH's program, the Housing Support and Stability Project (HSSP), was developed to address existing gaps in services by providing substance abuse and mental health treatment . . .

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Family Employment Program

In fall 2011, the Social Research Institute (SRI) of the University of Utah’s College of Social Work partnered with Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) to conduct a longitudinal study of new FEP participants beginning their experience with cash assistance, following a significant redesign of the FEP program.

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