The State CJCC is currently supporting the implementation of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, which is a joint project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that works with states to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach to policy making. Results First provides a number of tools to its partner states, including a cost-benefit model that policymakers can use to better inform budget and policy decisions in a number of areas. This allows state governments to make more strategic and informed choices, moving from anecdotal information to more effective and systematic scientific evidence in this process. Results First is currently partnering with 17 states across the country.
Wisconsin Results First officially launched in late August 2014. The work on the cost-benefit model will initially be housed in the state Department of Corrections, which has initiated development of a full adult criminal justice program inventory focused on reducing recidivism. The Statewide Criminal Justice Coordinating Council's Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) subcommittee will eventually serve as the Initiatives’ policy team. The current goal is to begin “Wisconsinizing” the model by loading in Wisconsin-based adult criminal justice data.