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Evaluation & Research

Our evaluation and research services are customized to address the unique issues and opportunities involved in designing and implementing program evaluations and intervention studies within the criminal justice system or of community reentry efforts after incarceration.

Services include:


  • Context-Driven Process or Outcome Evaluation for Criminal Justice Based Programs

  • Assessment and Strengthening of Community Agency Evaluation and Research Capacity

  • Research Protocol and Survey Tool Development

  • Analysis and Application of Results

Work examples include:
Innovations in Reentry: Workforce Development for Peer Services Evaluation Summary Report
Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare Services (BHCS) funded five projects through its Innovations in Reentry initiative to develop effective and adoptable plans for incorporating formerly incarcerated individuals into the workforce, and especially into staff positions providing reentry services. BHCS contracted with The Bridging Group to complete a small-scale retrospective program outcome evaluation for these five projects. This report presents a summary of findings and recommendations and lessons learned to inform future reentry programs and services.
Alameda/San Francisco County Jail Survey Study Report
The Bridging Group, in collaboration with the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (ACCIPP), San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (SFCIPP) and their respective Sheriffs’ Departments completed a system-wide jail survey with 2,000 individuals incarcerated within five local county jails. This study was one of the first of its kind throughout the country. The focus of the survey was to identify whom within the jails is a parent, their perceptions of how their incarceration affects their children, and what types of resources are needed for children to maintain contact and relationships with their parents during their parents’ incarceration and after release. This report presents a summary of survey results.
You Love Who You Love: A Cross-site Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Support Programs for Women Partners of Incarcerated or Recently Released Men
The Bridging Group conducted an evaluation study in collaboration with and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health and their eight funded agencies across the country. This collaborative study was completed to improve our understanding of HIV and other health risks unique to women partners of incarcerated men and examine the effectiveness of implementing a gender-specific intervention. This report presents an extensive presentation of the data collected and implications for future programming.
Reentry SF One Year Evaluation
The San Francisco Adult Probation Department (SFAPD) worked with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, HealthRIGHT 360˚, and Goodwill Industries to implement Reentry SF (RSF). RSF offered a comprehensive array of reentry services including work readiness training, work-based assessment, mental health and substance use treatment and prevention, mentoring, education programs, vocational skills training, supportive services, and job placement and retention services. SFADP contracted with The Bridging Group to conduct an assessment and evaluation of this collaborative effort. This report presents a description of the collaborative process, summary of data reviewed, and recommendations and lessons learned to inform future employment services for individuals returning to San Francisco after incarceration.
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