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Formula Grants Program Training and Technical Assistance: Data Capacity Improvement

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This program aims to strengthen states' capacity to provide OJJDP with data to demonstrate compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) core requirements and use data to inform and strengthen their juvenile justice systems. The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, will offer states and territories access to skilled, tailored support to improve their data capacity. NCJJ will develop data tools, technical assistance, and training for Designated State Agencies (DSAs) to strengthen their capacity to effectively collect, analyze, and submit required compliance data to OJJDP and to use their data to support the development and implementation of their annual state plan.

Provider Organization

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
Award Details


The primary work of this project is providing technical assistance and training to DSAs in various ways. Each of these TA approaches/strategies dovetail with one another to achieve the stated goals and objectives of the project:

  • Coordination activities include a kickoff meeting with OJJDP and other TTA providers, planning activities, regular calls with OJJDP and other TTA providers throughout the project, and data consultations with the agency as needed.
  • Develop data tools in consultation with OJJDP and design them for use by states, territories, or agencies.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to DSAs to improve their data capacity. TTA will include interviews with stakeholders to identify data challenges; identification of up to five jurisdictions to receive intensive tailored TTA, including data capacity assessments, site visits, and ongoing coaching; general/less intensive TTA for DSAs; and presentations, webinars, or brief publications.


  • Juvenile Justice Specialists


All local jurisdictions, juvenile justice specialists, compliance monitors, racial and ethnic disparities coordinators, state advisory groups, state juvenile justice agencies, prevention staff, detention/corrections staff, re-entry staff, and other juvenile justice-related agencies/organizations are eligible to submit a request for TTA. NCJFCJ will assess requests to determine their capacity to implement and sustain successful TTA. Juvenile justice specialists in the appropriate state/territory will be informed of the request and invited to participate in the assessment process. 

National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Databook:

Charles Puzzanchera
Co-Project Director
[email protected]

  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Racial and Ethnic Minorities/DMC

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Date Published: July 20, 2023