Our clients measure their results through qualitative or quantitative research methodologies—inventories, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, observational studies, exit studies—according to program needs. See information on the research methods and instruments used to assess implementation of the Bridges/Getting Ahead sustainability model:
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Here are some sample results and best practices. Please note that some initiatives may be new, and complete results may not yet be available.
Columbiana County Municipal Court, Ohio, used Bridges constructs to make nine policy changes:
- Eliminated obstacles within the municipal court for offenders from generational poverty
- Reduced bench warrants and arrests
- Reduced jail fees by $65,000 in first year and $43,000 in second year
- Increased proceeds from bondable misdemeanor cases by 28%
- Reduced failure-to-appear warrants
- Increased number of defendants holding valid driver’s licenses, increasing employability
- Read more:
- Podcast with Judge Carol Robb
Refined By Fire Ministries, LA, uses Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World with adult offenders in Louisiana prisons. Results:
- Five offenders released after completing Getting Ahead reported improved resource-building.
- Of the 10 individuals still incarcerated:
- All had remained write-up free
- Three became members of the Toastmasters Club
- Three became members of the Jaycees
- All were pursuing additional education or training in a trade
- Read more:
- Making Their Time Count: Getting Ahead in the Prison System by Elain Ellerbe
- See other Refined By Fire initiatives using Bridges constructs:
- Helping High School-Aged Students Create a Future-Story by Elain Ellerbe
- Solutions to Poverty/Financial Management Program by Elain Ellerbe
- First-Graduates of Solutions for Poverty/Financial Management Program at DCI by Elain Ellerbe
The Marion, Ohio, Municipal Court has used Bridges Out of Poverty in a number of ways to reduce recidivism, increase probation and treatment compliance, and improve outcomes. One initiative to improve driver’s license reinstatement and reduce repeat offenses has resulted in 75% of driver’s license offenders obtaining a valid driver’s license, according to Judge Teresa Lyn Ballinger.
- Read more:
- A Judge’s Perspective on Bridges Our of Poverty by Judge Teresa Lyn Ballinger
- Poverty Growing in Ohio: Municipal Court Adapting to Poverty in Marion
- Podcast with Judge Ballinger