The 21st Century Policing Cross-Site Multi-Stakeholder Sentinel Event Review (SER) Project funded through the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), seeks to test and learn from the application of Sentinel Event Review methodology in police departments in a cross-site evaluation over three years. The goal is to learn how SERs can be sustained by local law enforcement organizations when working in a multi-stakeholder environment.
SERs provide a useful methodology to convene a range of key stakeholders including the community to review and learn from such experiences in a way that can build confidence in the criminal justice system and address underlying root causes across multiple systems. PIRE is using a conceptual foundation (Systems Theory), and associated methodology (Dynamic Adaptation Process) to engage criminal justice stakeholders in assessment, capacity-building, evidence-based strategy implementation, and a mixed-methods research design to examine the process and impacts of Sentinel Event Reviews on policing, process improvement, and sustainability.
PIRE partnered with 21st Century Policing, LLC to provide the coaching and capacity building to implement the SER and partnered with Strategic Applications International, LLC to provide the facilitation and consensus building tools to improve the likelihood of the SER process to produce recommendations that result in observable impacts.
Based on the data collection, analysis, case studies and key learnings from the SERs, the project will produce a SER for Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System Guidebook and Practitioner Took Kit. In addition, at least one academic peer-reviewed journal article will be produced to advance the work of SERs in the broader criminal justice context.
Other Key Staff:
- David Collins, PhD
- Karen Friend, PhD
- Kyra Fritz, PhD
- Bill Scarbrough, PhD