The Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB) aims to broaden and deepen the understanding and use of cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice by helping researchers and policymakers build their capacity to conduct cost-benefit studies and apply cost-benefit analysis to decision-making.
CBKB is a project of the Vera Institute of Justice that was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance from 2010 to 2014 to provide training and technical assistance for criminal justice researchers and practitioners.
The project’s training activities included the development of a CBA and Justice Policy Toolkit, seven publications—that cover a range of topics such as developing an institutional capacity for CBA, using CBA to inform public safety technology investments, and calculating justice-system marginal costs—and ten webinars targeted to both policymakers and researchers. Vera staff also made presentations at sixteen national conferences and led CBA workshops for the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas.
In 2012 and 2013, Vera provided on-site CBA capacity building technical assistance to six municipal, county, and state government agencies selected through a competitive application process: The Allegheny County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, in Pennsylvania; the Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission; the Kent Police Department, in Washington; the New Mexico Department of Public Safety; the Washington State Department of Corrections; and the York County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, in Pennsylvania. A synopsis of this assistance is provided in the Cost-Benefit Analysis and Justice Policy Toolkit.
The CBKB website, which is maintained by the Vera Institute of Justice, was developed to disseminate the project’s deliverables and also serve as a knowledge base and community of practice. The CBA library includes more than 500 cost-benefit studies, articles, and papers. The CBA glossary provides definitions of commonly-used terms. And the blog includes contributions from researchers and practitioners in the field.
If you have questions about CBKB or the Vera Institute’s work in the field of economic analysis, please contact Christian Henrichson.