Evaluation of the Implementation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS)
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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
As part of a collaborative effort with the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), NIJ seeks competitive proposals for a single award that will support an evaluation of the implementation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS). Developed by the state of Vermont, SOTIPS combines static and dynamic risk measures into an overall assessment tool to predict sexual recidivism.
The grantee will be required to complete the following research activities:
- Validate the use of the SOTIPS risk assessment measures at each site. The grantee will also be required to ensure the sample is assessed at regular intervals, for example, at entry into treatment and every six months. At least three assessments should be conducted for each offender using both risk assessment measures. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, verifying the size and characteristics of the population of interest, for example, demographics and risk level.
- Verify the treatment model protocol for sex offenders in the selected jurisdictions and ensure the study sample is involved currently in treatment. Data should be collected on, but will not be limited to, the frequency, duration, modality and type of treatment received, provider to client ratio, and program delivery.
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The selected grantee will be responsible for the following:
- Working collaboratively with NIJ and the SMART Office, as well as the training and technical assistance provider and selected sites, to track fidelity to the proposed research plan. This should include regularly scheduled conference calls with involved parties.
- Verifying the data infrastructure and data collection abilities of the selected sites, and providing training on these issues, if applicable.
- Conducting a process evaluation to determine whether SOTIPS and the Static-99R are delivered as intended to the target recipients by reviewing resources, caseflow, and other pertinent data.
- Conducting an outcome evaluation, including a 12-month and 36-month follow-up study, to measure recidivism for all offenders who completed treatment.
- Conducting an assessment of how the use of the combined risk assessment measures impacts the supervision of sex offenders in the selected jurisdictions. This may include both quantitative and qualitative components, for example, interviews with offenders, service providers, and community supervision officers.
- Reporting and disseminating interim (12-month follow-up) and final study results (36-month follow-up)
In general, NIJ is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, States (including territories), units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and certain qualified individuals. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply.
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2012.
NIJ anticipates that up to a total of $1.5 million may become available for one (1) award made through this program. Cost sharing is not required.
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