How do we decide how to allocate criminal justice resources in a way that minimizes the social harms from both crime and policy efforts to control crime? How, for that matter, do we decide how much to spend on the criminal justice system and crime control generally, versus other pressing needs? These questions are at the heart of benefit-cost analysis, and are central for public policymakers, criminal justice practitioners, criminologists, and other researchers.
Benefit-cost analyses begin with the crucial and often under-appreciated first step of successfully identifying the impact of a policy or program. Jens Ludwig and Roseanna Ander will explain the different options for identifying policy and program impacts, and discuss the challenges of attempts to monetize costs and benefits. For example, some of the most important costs and benefits of crime control efforts come from intangible aspects of well-being for which dollar values are not easily attached.
Ludwig and Ander will also discuss the importance of subjecting a portfolio of interventions to benefit-cost analyses that use standardized methodologies, which is crucial for helping policymakers and practitioners make decisions. Many of their ideas and examples will be drawn from activities at the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
The 2011 event in Washington, DC promises to be an exciting and memorable SNAP conference! Please join in this great opportunity to network with survivors and supporters, learn, heal, and visit the sites of historic Washington, DC!
More information and registration available online.
The CARE Conference will be held March 8-10, 2011, in conjunction with the 100th Celebration of International Women's Day and CARE's 65th anniversary!
Join us as CARE as they recognize the work of women worldwide who have made a difference during the past century, and speak out on behalf of women and girls who need advocates like you.
The CARE Conference & International Women's Day Celebration will unite hundreds of CARE supporters -- individuals, partner organizations, major donors and corporate partners. Participants will come together as part of the movement that is bringing hope to millions of poor women, families and communities around the world.
At CARE's conference, participants will learn why CARE places women and girls at the heart of our efforts to fight poverty. When equipped with the proper resources, women rise to overcome the great challenges they face. Every day women are leading the way for lasting change for all.
The National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence (NIPSV) is a three and one-half day course designed to challenge participants to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting sexual violence crimes. NIPSV explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors in balancing offender accountability and the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to practical case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum addresses the development and improvement of culturally sensitive victim services by prosecutors; examines the benefits of developing a coordinated victim-centered community response; explains common injuries, relevant medical evidence and offers guidance on the use of medical experts; explores ethical issues confronted by prosecutors; and offers prosecutors the ability to redefine outcomes and the very nature of justice in sexual violence cases.
NIPSV uses hypothetical case problems, role-playing exercises, small group discussions, mini-lectures, and faculty demonstrations. Rather than reading specific case law, participants employ case evaluation, preparation, and trial skills to understand sexual violence in the various contexts in which it occurs and examine their current attitudes and practices. The highly interactive format enables prosecutors from different jurisdictions, with varied levels of experience, to learn from one another and engage in "real-life" activities that are readily transferable to their everyday work. Prosecutors who have found strategies to overcome the unique challenges in handling sexual violence cases will share their success stories and techniques. Prosecutors will leave the institute with new ideas and methods for keeping victims safe and holding offenders accountable.
Join PAVE at The Race to Stop the Silence, a 5-10K annual foot race/walk, is conducted yearly (2011 is the seventh annual) during April (Child Abuse Prevention Month) to raise mass awareness about child sexual abuse. The Race is an upbeat, educational, and motivational event that brings in support from government, corporate, foundation and private individuals and attracts over 1,200 people, reaches millions through media outreach in relation to it, and draws notable speakers each year.
Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR)’s comprehensive “From Theory to Practice” Training has equipped thousands of professionals and activists in engaging young men ages 11-22 to prevent gender-based violence. Through interactive group exercises, role-playing, and multi-media presentations, "From Theory to Practice” prepares participants with the skills necessary to motivate young men to take a more active role in challenging attitudes and behaviors that support rape and other forms of men’s violence against women. Past participants have included staff from government agencies, statewide and local coalitions, the US armed forces, law enforcement agencies, and universities. Participants will learn the theory behind our comprehensive “Strength Campaign”, which is based on the social ecological model advocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a framework for the primary prevention of gender-based violence. MCSR’s Strength Campaign includes the award-winning middle school and high school Men of Strength Club curriculum, "My Strength is Not for Hurting" public awareness campaign, and the Men Creating Change college program. Participants will also learn how to facilitate MCSR’s “Gut Check” Bystander Intervention training to build men’s and boys’ skills in pro-actively preventing violence against women.
This training is for:
Victim service providers
Educators and youth-serving professionals
College and university personnel
Students and activists
The training equips the participant with:
A theoretical framework and introduction to social change theory as it relates to preventing men’s violence against women
A comprehensive understanding of the Strength Campaign and its application
Valuable tactics for public speaking around these issues
Effective strategies for working with and engaging men and boys
Recognize the intersections between different types of oppressions (i.e. racism, classism, and heterosexism)
Thorough understanding of bystander intervention and how to prepare men and boys to be active bystanders and to engage their peers as well
Upon completion of the training each participant will receive:
50+ page training manual which includes presentation and facilitation guides
Access to a network of professionals in this field
Discounts for our public awareness materials, Strength Trainings, and Strength Workshops
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