Our Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Program Assessment Tool helps treatment court professionals identify and examine areas where racial and ethnic disparities may exist in their court programs.
SPA faculty and staff maintain a portfolio of multi-year projects, as well as smaller, short-term engagements, where our expertise can be of significant benefit. Recognizing the value of collaboration, we often partner with other organizations to provide the most comprehensive services to the field.
Assessing Racial and Ethnic Disparities within Drug Treatment Courts in Ohio
As treatment court professionals adhere to best practice standard Equity and Inclusion, it is vital that programs are examined for disparities. To support this effort, the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Program Assessment Tool (RED tool) was created to identify and rectify racial and ethnic disparities that may exist in programming. The goals of this project are to: 1) provide training and technical assistance on the RED tool to local treatment court professionals, 2) analyze and report data from RED tool submissions, and 3), create and deliver racial and ethnic diversity training based on regional and statewide needs identified from our analyses.
The RED Tool team at American University is providing training and technical assistance to local treatment court administrators in the State of Ohio on assessing racial and ethnic disparities within treatment courts. As part of this initiative, we assist treatment court administrators in completing the online RED tool which assists treatment courts professionals in identifying and rectifying racial and ethnic disparities that may exist in programming. The RED tool team will also create and deliver racial and ethnic diversity training based on regional and statewide needs identified in the statewide aggregated report.
For more information, please contact the RED tool team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Assessment within Drug Treatment Courts
SPA faculty and staff, in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation is providing training and technical assistance services to state and local drug court administrators on assessing racial and ethnic disparities within treatment courts. As part of this initiative, we assist drug court administrators in completing an online Racial and Ethnic Disparities Program Assessment Tool (RED tool), results from which will assist treatment court professionals identify and examine areas where racial and ethnic disparities may exist in their court programs. During the project period, we are working with treatment courts in three states on completing the RED tool, aggregating statewide data, conducting data analysis and producing a statewide assessment report for select states.
The Justice in Government Project
We provide strategic guidance to state and local officials seeking to leverage civil legal aid to achieve their policy and programmatic goals and ensure the maximum benefit from dollars spent on low- and moderate-income people and communities.
We host active listservs for the treatment court community. Members of the listservs can communicate with colleagues throughout the country and exchange ideas, best practices, and together solve the unique challenges that face treatment courts.
Since 1989, SPA faculty & staff have conducted over 1,800 technical assistance, research, training, and evaluation projects for local & state governments, federal agencies, and international organizations & agencies.