The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center is a technical assistance resource designed to provide local leaders with customized training and technical assistance (TTA) in addressing persistent and emerging public safety problems using evidence-based strategies. The Diagnostic Center helps communities invest in what works by bridging the gap between data and justice policy at the state, city, county and tribal levels. Diagnostic Center TTA is intended to build community capacity to use data to make short-and long-term evidence-based decisions about enhancing community trust, justice policies and public safety. Specifically, the Diagnostic Center works collaboratively with community leaders to collect and use local data to understand the jurisdiction's issues, make decisions about programs and practices and support efforts to integrate data and evidence into policies that address a variety of justice topics. This effort ensures that limited local resources are invested wisely, federal assets are leveraged where they are needed most and communities reap better public safety outcomes. To learn more about the Diagnostic Center, click here.
The defining characteristic of the Diagnostic Center is its data-driven approach to being smart on crime. To make real change in local communities, crime problems must often be solved through multi-disciplinary strategies that recognize how one factor contributes to changes in another factor. The Diagnostic Center employs a three-phased process that engages multiple experts when helping communities address criminal justice and public safety issues. In using a data-driven approach, the Diagnostic Center partners with communities to (1) diagnose the issue and map it to customized solutions; (2) implement promising practices in criminal justice, juvenile justice and victim services; and (3) assess the impact of practices implemented during the engagement. In addition to providing customized technical assistance, the Diagnostic Center also provides communities with access to additional resources within the U.S. Department of Justice such as CrimeSolutions.gov. For more details on how the Diagnostic Center can support your community, click here.
Since its launch, the Diagnostic Center has engaged with communities across the United States to tackle public safety issues ranging from improving clearance rates on homicides to improving trauma-informed and culturally-aware management of juveniles in detention facilities. The interactive map featured on the Our Work page reflects those communities across the country that have engaged with the Diagnostic Center for assistance in addressing a broad spectrum of community issues. To learn more about the Diagnostic Center's technical assistance, read our Frequently Asked Questions.