This Northeast Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (NYVRP) is a five-year project (April 2015 to March 2020) funded by the National Crime Prevention Strategy to develop and evaluate programs and services for high-risk youth in three northeastern Saskatchewan communities, with the aim of reducing youth offending and creating safer communities. Over the past year, the Centre completed a formative evaluation examining the first three years of the NYVRP. In the future, the Centre will conduct process and impact evaluations for this project.
The Missing Persons Project is the inaugural project of the Saskatchewan Police Predictive Analytics Lab (SPPAL). The main purpose of this project is to set the platform for performing data analysis for the notion of missing. In this direction, missing persons are classified into three categories: intentional, unintentional, and forced. Lists of causal factors and consequences of each category are given. Also, to fulfill a complete risk analysis, it is mentioned how to measure the intensity of an incident based on the subject’s whereabouts and situations. The work takes place in the Predictive Analytics Lab in Saskatoon Police Service. One of the Centre's contributions to this project was the development of a program logic model and evaluation framework.
This project involves the analysis of court and correctional data to assess the need for remand. Cleaning data, validating data, and matching data between court and correctional centres are completed. Furthermore, in order to facilitate extracting data from various datasets, an index table was created. The project is currently underway, performing further data mining on existing datasets.
Law, Courts, and the Judicial System
The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is conducting a three-pronged approach to evaluating the performance of its Community Alternatives to Remand (CAR) program – an evidence-informed and community-based case management service that provides support to Corrections clients awaiting the conclusion of their legal matters. The Ministry’s evaluation framework includes elements of effectiveness, governance, process, stability, and cost. This Program Delivery/Process Review focuses on the elements of governance, process, and stability, and will examine how these elements contribute to the success of the Community Alternatives to Remand (CAR) program in achieving its goals, which include:
(a) increasing client compliance with legal conditions throughout the program;
(b) increasing the likelihood of the client attending scheduled court appearances throughout the program; and
(c) reducing the likelihood of the client re-offending during the program.
This project is seeking to establish a framework for patient-oriented research within the Regional Psychiatric Center (RPC) with the goal of conducting at least one pilot project at the outset. It will establish processes to engage the forensic psychiatric patient to contribute to the selection of research topics and outcomes. This will support CIHR’s goal to improve the health outcomes of Canadians using patient engagement as the cornerstone of evidence-informed health care. Involving forensic patients at the RPC unifies the research goals of the University and the Correctional Services of Canada specifically on Indigenous people and public safety. Involving researchers’ participation in selected topics affords the ability to translate key findings from this population to wider correctional populations to improve the wellbeing of offenders and reduce staff injury.