Contestants in the Challenge may include : (1) a single criminal justice agency seeking to conduct at least five separate RCTs; or (2) an organization or individual resident of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa working with a participating agency to conduct at least five separate RCTs.
To encourage the use of RCTs in the criminal justice field, NIJ is issuing this Challenge for timely and innovative Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) that address meaningful criminal justice problems. NIJ wants to encourage criminal justice agencies to use rigorous research methods to craft solutions to the problems they face. This competition hopes to create incentives for criminal justice agencies to use low-cost RCTs as a standard and straightforward approach to answering their questions and conducting their day-to-day business operations. Note that this is a competition for a prize after completing 5 RCTs, with no opportunity for funding before the trials are complete.
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