Current Projects

Development of a Validated Risk Remand Assessment Tool

The Centre worked with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice to develop the terms of reference for a quantitative analysis of their bail supervision program. The analysis will entail a detailed overview of a sample of individuals supervised by the bail program and a comparison with samples of individuals who were either remanded into custody or released under other types of supervision (e.g., own recognizance). This project will also incorporate a literature review.

Identification of Risk Factors for Youth Violence and Gang Involvement

Funded by Public Safety Canada, the Centre, in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, was awarded a contract to conduct a comprehensive review, meta-analysis and meta-synthesis of the available literature on youth violence and youth gang involvement. Collectively the research team brings representation from four Universities: University of Saskatchewan, Carleton University, First Nations University of Canada, and University of Regina, and is comprised of a combination of academics and field personnel, researchers and clinicians, psychologists and social workers, faculty and students. The aim of the project is to identify the factors that are most strongly associated with delinquency, violent activity, and gang involvement among children and youth 6 to 24 years of age. This study has the potential to inform the development and implementation of appropriate and targeted prevention and intervention programs for youth at risk of these outcomes. The comprehensive literature review has been completed, while work on the meta-analysis and meta-synthesis is ongoing.

Missing Persons Project (Predictive Analytics Lab)
The main purpose of this project is to set the platform for performing data analysis for the notion of missing. In this direction, missing persons are classified in three categories: intentional, unintentional, and forced. Lists of causal factors and consequences of each category are given. Also, to fulfil a complete risk analysis, it is mentioned how to measure the intensity of an incident based on the subject’s whereabouts and situations. The work takes place in the Predictive Analytics Lab in Saskatoon Police Service.
Northeast Youth Violence Reduction Partnership

Together with the University of Regina’s Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety, the Centre has been asked to evaluate the Northern Integration Initiative (NII), a multi-year project for which the Ministry of Justice–Corrections and Policing has been awarded funding from the National Crime Prevention Centre, Public Safety Canada. The NII is a five year initiative wherein programs and services will be delivered to youth in three predominantly First Nation communities (Sandy Bay, Pelican Narrows, and Deschambault Lake) to reduce youth offending and create safer communities. The NII targets youth who are 12 to 24 years of age and who exhibit violent and/or criminal behaviour, as well as youth who are gang-involved or at risk of gang involvement. Preliminary development of the evaluation framework is underway and will be further developed and implemented in 2015-16.

Restorative Action Program - Literature Review

In anticipation of the upcoming RAP outcome evaluation, the Centre was contracted to conduct a brief intensive review of the literature as it pertains to programs similar to RAP. Specifically, the review will identify programs and policies which use positive and strengths-based strategies to address conflict, bullying, and violence within the secondary school environment, in Canada as well as other primarily English-speaking countries. The aim of the review is to assess RAP's potential for positive program effects in light of the evaluation outcomes of similar programs and to identify useful and appropriate methods of evaluation for such programs.

Restorative Action Program - Program Monitoring

In September, 2014, the Centre committed to a third term of providing program monitoring and database administration support to the Restorative Action Program (RAP). This entails overseeing the use of the data collection system developed by the Centre for RAP and performing the end-of-year analysis and report on RAP's program performance data for the 2014-15 school year. This contract also included a provision for additional support to the evaluation planning process for RAP's upcoming outcome evaluation.

Review of Administration of Justice Charges and Administrative Sanctions in Canada and the United States

A literature review was prepared for the Ministry of Justice on the use of administration of justice charges and related sanctions in both Canada and the US. The report identified trends in both jurisdictions related to administrative charges and sanctions, factors impacting violation and revocation, and principles for effective strategies in administering administrative sanctions and reducing technical violations. A complementary report addressing trends in the use of pre-trial risk assessment instruments was also completed as part of the same literature review. It is anticipated that the report will be finalized in 2015-16.

Saskatchewan Crime Survey

During 2013-14, the Centre undertook a survey to examine Saskatchewan residents’ perceptions of crime, feelings of safety and fear, and victimization experiences. To provide insight into the dark figure of crime (i.e., the number of crimes that go unreported), the survey also explored whether respondents had reported any crimes experienced to the police and their reasons for not doing so, where applicable. Past literature has demonstrated that official crime statistics tend to underestimate the number of crimes committed each year; however, to date, studies attempting to determine this dark figure have not focused specifically on Saskatchewan. Analysis of the survey data began in 2014-15 and is ongoing. This study was funded, in part, by the Ministry of Justice and inspired by the work conducted for the RCMP F Division. Another iteration of the survey will take place in 2016-17.

Saskatoon Mental Health Support and Supervision Strategy

The Centre continues to follow the development of the Mental Health Support Strategy (MHSS) within the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The initiative, led by The Honorable Judge Shannon Metivier with widespread involvement from various government and community partners, seeks to address the need for specialized forensic mental health services in Saskatoon for adults with a mental health condition who have been charged with an offense. Leading up to the implementation, in November 2013, of a dedicated court docket twice per month for cases referred to the MHSS, several Centre members, including Centre Director, Steve Wormith, Executive Committee member Mansfield Mela (College of Medicine), and Glen Luther (College of Law), were active in supporting the strategy through the provision of training for members of the MHSS network and advice regarding research and evaluation. In February 2015, the Centre concluded a process evaluation report on the first 9 months of the MHSS with information to inform the continued planning and development of the MHSS. Involvement continues with a more in-depth review of the MHSS which took place during the summer of 2016 to include the coding and analysis of data collected during the first full year of the court’s operation with a view to informing continued planning and development.

Tech-Enabled Hubs: A Research and Planning Project
The project examines the extent to which information and communication technologies can enable small remote Saskatchewan communities to engage in collaborative risk-driven intervention. An action plan for implementing a tech-enabled Hub in Saskatchewan is in development.