The Massachusetts Special Commission on Criminal Justice, through Outside Section 189 of the Acts of 2011, voted in its first year to engage with the Pew Charitable Trusts/MacArthur Foundation to implement the Massachusetts Results First Initiative. Massachusetts Results First is a cutting-edge cost-benefit model developed by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) that enables states to analyze a wide range of policy choices to maximize outcomes and reduce costs. Massachusetts is a leader among 16 states working with the Pew Center for the States to implement the Results First cost-benefit model.
The model analyzes program costs and benefits to calculate a Massachusetts-specific return on investment for each program. This information helps policymakers identify and invest in programs proven to be effective.
RPAD is currently leading the Massachusetts Results First Initiative, serving as a liaison between the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, EOPSS, and criminal justice partner agencies across the state.