SAJE 's mission is to accelerate progress in the justice system by linking community, research, and government in sustained partnership. Key operational areas include:
Continuous feedback for system improvement,
System reports for evaluating overall progress
Translating research into innovative practice.
Founded in 2017 in Washington State, the Center for the Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE) is an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary collaborative emphasizing justice-related research translation.
SAJE researchers collaborate with jurisdictions locally and statewide to integrate research into evidence-based policy and practice. In tandem with investigating collaboratively generated research questions, the SAJE Center builds data-infrastructure to monitor and reassess research outcomes. SAJE’s effort in creating a transparent, self-evaluative data-infrastructure contributes to its mission to develop a system of co-directional knowledge transfer among community, policy, and research bodies.
Specific projects include improving the statewide juvenile probation risk and needs tool, assessing the impact of female-specific treatment groups, evaluating the impact of juvenile detention reform, and studying the relationship between a county’s investment in public health programs and resulting rates of juvenile violence in the home. The co-directors also advise decision makers on new national and international developments in justice research, policies, and programs, as well as publish an annual report of progress towards Washington State’s goals of effective justice and community health.
The SAJE Center maintains a community advisory core comprised of Washington State Legislators and leaders in juvenile justice administration and advocacy. Community advisory members work to guide the research portfolio of the SAJE Center and assist in identifying community collaborators with which to engage. The research capacity of the SAJE Center is rooted in expertise from the University of Washington, Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR).