Policy Paper: Enhancing ATSA’s Work in Promoting Evidence-Informed Policy and Practices
The ATSA 2021 foundational document "Enhancing ATSA’s Work in Promoting Evidence-Informed Policy and Practices" emphasizes the importance of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in addressing sexual violence. It distinguishes between "evidence-based" and "evidence-informed" approaches, advocating for policies and practices that align with current research. The document identifies challenges in implementing EIDM, such as organizational and political constraints, and the influence of public perceptions often shaped by media.
ATSA advocates for strategic engagement and effective communication with policymakers to promote evidence-informed policies and practices (EIPPs). The paper discusses the critical role of EIDM across various stages of the criminal justice system, including initial contact, pre-trial, trial, sentencing, post-sentencing, and reintegration. It underscores the importance of applying EIDM at every decision point to ensure fair, effective, and informed outcomes.
The document also addresses the need for continuous research and development of tools to integrate evidence into policy and practice. ATSA's initiative includes creating a toolkit and framework for policy reform, aiming to enhance the use of evidence in decision-making processes within the criminal justice system.
Download : ATSAEIPPFoundationalDocument.pdf