Data Driven Award
The Metrics and Measures Subcommittee (MMS) created the Data Driven Award to reward programs who fully utilize data and their case management systems to improve program and participant outcomes. The Data Driven Award provides both recognition and financial support for continued program evaluation.
Since data is instrumental to self-evaluation and for showing community partners, stakeholders, and legislatures accountability courts work in Georgia, CACJ hopes the Data Driven Award will reinforce the importance of strong data collection.
2020 Inaugural Data Driven Award Winner
The 2020 winner, and recipient of an up to $15,000 subaward grant to be used for a program evaluation, was the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Accountability Courts.
- Northeastern’s data collection efforts are very thorough. All their courts use Connexis and all team members have access to Connexis. All staff are formally trained using the CACJ reporting manual, IMS training videos, and Data Collection and User Guide that was developed by the court.
- At any time, they are tracking data anywhere from 450-500 participants in the Northeastern Circuit. The program has gone paperless and just uses Connexis.
- They are constantly analyzing their data. They have analyzed the effectiveness of their Young Adult track sanction matrix. From the data, they realized some sanctions were not resulting in behavior modification, so changes were made to their sanction matrix at a policy meeting. They have also used data analysis to reduce the amount of jail sanctions. They use Connexis to analyze demographic information to decide which evidence-based interventions are needed for each demographic.
- The Director composes a “Treatment Services Annual Report” which summarizes stats, financial data, and program achievements. The report is shared with stakeholders. The report includes cost wavering for each program. By sharing the report with shareholders, they have garnered more trust and support from their community.
While the circuit applied together to showcase their joint efforts toward strong data collection, the Director has committed to providing the program evaluation award to the court in the circuit most in need.