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Research and Development

The ICPA R&D Network is an informal collection of both researchers and other corrections professionals committed to promoting evidence-informed practice in our field. The Network is inclusive and welcomes any ICPA member who is interested in contributing to the Network’s activities or learning in some way from the research community in corrections internationally. The primary aim of the Network is to encourage both researchers and practitioners to speak to and learn from each other. A listing of current members as of August 27th, 2018 is attached.

MISSION:

“To effectively disseminate research-informed correctional knowledge and promote its application for the advancement of professional and humane corrections and prisons world-wide.”

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Assist ICPA members (i.e., individuals & agencies/jurisdictions, committees) to become more aware of the most recent, relevant and reliable research findings in the field;
  2. Help in translating (explaining) the practice and policy-related implications of this research knowledge;
  3. As it becomes practical and possible to do, offer ‘technical assistance’ for capacity building in select jurisdictions/agencies in implementing and evaluating research-informed change in correctional operations;
  4. Conduct some useful and needed cross-national comparative studies (i.e., surveys and/or other data gathering efforts) in thematic areas identified in conjunction with the other ICPA Network Groups;
  5. In assisting ICPA in promoting and realizing its Vision and Objectives, work towards establishing collaborative partnerships and garnering greater support and involvement from the academic and scientific research communities in our Annual & Regional Conferences, Newsletter, Web Site, and other ICPA activities.

SUMMARY OF KEY ACTIVITIES:

  • Publishing the ICPA practitioner-oriented Journal Advancing Corrections;
  • Networking to identify, share and review/summarize relevant correctional research findings and reports for the ICPA community;
  • Collaborating in conducting action research initiatives, especially in the form of global surveys of contemporary correctional issues and challenges, so as to provide the ICPA community with timely information about how these issues are dealt with across correctional jurisdictions, and
  • Focusing on keeping the ICPA community informed about evidence-informed practice, and practice-informed evidence.

SUMMARY OF GOALS FOR 2018-19

  • To continue solidifying the Journal’s reputation as the premier, international, practitioner-oriented publication in the field. With the support of ICPA Executive Team, efforts will be made to promote the Journal with relevant academic institutions and departments around the world, and with other associations who share ICPA’s respect for evidence in corrections.
    • To publish another two issues of the Journal around the themes of ICPA’s ‘Strategic Focal Points’.
    • Effective Community Corrections
    • Investment in Staff
    • Offender Population-Specific Strategies
    • Reducing Reoffending
  • Planning will be initiated to hold the 4th International Corrections Research Symposium (likely in May 2020).
  • Consideration will be given to holding a smaller Pre-Conference Research Symposium around the similar theme of ‘What is Good Prisons/Probations Research’ in conjunction with the Annual ICPA Conference in Argentina in 2019.
  • Assist in development of a Founding Statement on Evidence-Informed Practice.
  • To work with one or more other ICPA Networks in conducting an action-oriented survey project, perhaps looking at the barriers and challenges for ongoing attempts to implement evidence-informed practice.

MEMBERS OF THE NETWORK:

  • Dr. Andrea Moser, Canada
  • Dr. Anja Dirkzwager, Netherlands
  • Dr. Anne Pike, UK
  • Cherie Townsend
  • Dorin Muresan, Romania
  • Dorothy Apimo, Uganda
  • Earl Warren, USA
  • Dr. Elizabeth Grant, Australia
  • Emiliano Blanco, Argentina
  • Dr. Evelyne Vallieres, Canada
  • Fiona McGregor, Australia
  • Dr. Francois CM Louw
  • Fraser Bryans, Scotland
  • Dr. Gabriel Ong, Singapore
  • Gill Attrill, UK
  • Dr. Helen Farley, Australia
  • Dr. Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Hong Kong
  • Dr. Hennie Bruyns
  • Dr. Henry Pharo, Australia
  • Irving Kulik, Canada
  • Isabel Hight, Australia
  • Jane Kuria, Kenya
  • Jasmin Kaur, Singapore
  • Dr. Jason Skues
  • Dr. Jeffrey Pfeifer, Australia
  • Jennifer Peirce, USA
  • Jenny Yourstone, Sweden
  • John MacAllister, USA
  • Dr. John Weekes, Canada
  • Dr. John Winterdyk, Canada
  • Dr. Justin Trounson, Australia
  • Karam Singh
  • Dr. Lance E. Bohn, USA
  • Dr. Larry Motiuk, Canada
  • Lusya Gavukchyan, Armenia
  • Dr. Mana Yamamoto, Japan
  • Martin Moerings, Netherlands
  • Martin Schönteich
  • Dr. Melissa Hamilton, UK
  • Pablo Ambrogi, Argentina
  • Peter Johnston, New Zealand
  • Dr. Reginald Wilkinson, USA
  • Dr. Rohan Lulham, Australia
  • Dr. Rupali Jeswal, Malaysia
  • Dr. Stefan Schulz
  • Steve Pitts,UK
  • Dr. Susan Hopkins, Australia
  • Terry Hackett
  • Dr. Timothy Leo, Singapore
  • Dr. Tina Maschi, USA
  • Tom Schmid
  • Dr. Toon Molleman, Netherlands
  • Dr. Victoria Knight, UK
  • Dr. Vincent Eechaudt, Belgium
  • Dr. Willem F.M. Luyt, South Africa
  • William Chiremba, Namibia
  • Yvonne Jewkes, UK

DOCUMENTS:

Turning Research into Action

Summary of Activity – May 2016