For the National Institute of Justice, DSG is investigating far-right terrorist groups in the United States and constructing an analytical framework that law-enforcement agencies and their partners can use to shape counterterrorism strategies tailored to each group’s tactics and environmental environment. In 2020, DSG began its GTTAC Speaker Series, which bridges this project with its global counterterrorism project for the U.S. Department of State.
Researchers’ understanding of what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services continues to evolve. Unfortunately, research doesn’t always find its way to the right audience. For example, policymakers and practitioners may not have access to relevant research. Or when research is available, it may be hard to understand the results and apply those findings to practice. CrimeSolutions was created to help bridge this research-to-practice gap.
In 2018, DSG created the Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Center (GTTAC) to support its contract with the U.S. Department of State, to develop a database of global terrorism incidents, to prepare the annual Annex of Statistical Information on Terrorism, and to help prepare and edit the congressionally mandated Country Reports on Terrorism each year. In 2020, DSG began its GTTAC Speaker Series, which bridges this project with its domestic project for the National Institute of Justice.
Connecticut is the latest state to ask DSG to perform a critical evaluation of its juvenile justice system, work it has done for several other jurisdictions, most notably for Colorado and Baltimore. The depth of this work has been tantamount to auditing at the states’ behest.
DSG’s Education Practice is devoted to promoting education excellence and equity through rigorous research and evaluation of programs and policies, training and technical assistance to support the implementation of evidence-based curricula, and consultation with school administrators and teachers to improve classroom performance. We stay current on local, state, and national education policy. And we know what works.
DSG to Evaluate ‘Not in Our Town’ Hate Crime Prevention Model
Development Services Group, Inc., with funding from the National Institute of Justice, is conducting a mixed-methods evaluability study of the Not in Our Town Hate and Bias Teams Model, a program to combat hate crime and hate speach. This promising U.S. Department of Justice–funded program was implemented in Pittsburgh, Pa., after the killing of 11 Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in that city.
SCIENCE IN THE SERVICE OF PEOPLE
Development Services Group, Inc., is a woman-owned, small business (WOSB) and a leading social science research and management consulting firm. Over the past four decades, we have served federal agencies, states, nonprofits, and other organizations through more than 150 projects.
OUR PRACTICE AREAS
DSG’s Justice Practice is devoted to reducing and preventing all forms of crime and violence and to improving outcomes for juveniles and adults who come into contact with the justice system.
DSG’s Behavioral Health Practice is dedicated to improving knowledge, policies, practices, and access to treatment. We especially seek to address the needs of underserved communities and groups.
DSG’s International Development Practice applies scientific expertise to challenges such as fostering economic growth, preventing terrorism, and limiting human trafficking.
DSG’s Education Practice fosters education excellence and equity through training, technical assistance, rigorous research, and evaluation of policies and programs.
OUR EXPERT SERVICES
Research and Evaluation
In keeping with our mission of science in the service of people, the researchers and support personnel who make up DSG’s Research and Evaluation Division help clients and consumers alike make evidence-based decisions about behavioral health, justice, and education policies, programs, practices, and interventions.
Training and Technical Assistance
It’s a brave new world for organizations everywhere. DSG is helping clients and communities meet evolving demands and respond to the needs of their stakeholders—right now and well into the future. DSG provides customized, evidence-based, cost-effective training and technical assistance to meet diverse needs for audiences ranging from administrators to practitioners. Specializing in community-based approaches, DSG knows how to help support the implementation and sustainability of programs and practices in our practice areas.
The challenges are diverse: disruptive technologies, limited resources, changing demographics, globalization. The solution is the same. At DSG, we believe an organization’s success rests in its people, and in communication with other people. Plain and simple. Through performance evaluation, strategic planning, and other expert support, DSG assists organizations in solving difficult management problems and performing at their best.
Information Technology and Applications Development
DSG IT specialists work within all phases of the software development life cycle, from requirements gathering, documentation, and coding through server builds, migrations, Windows and Linux configuration, firewall configuration, archiving, desktop and application support, and decommissioning of applications. DSG’s IT specialists, software engineers, and web designers collaborate to maintain environments that meet or exceed government and other client standards for security and 508 compliance, and to design functional and user-friendly custom applications.
Everyone has a story to tell; DSG will help you tell yours. DSG’s Communications Group provides first-rate writing and editorial expertise to help you effectively connect your message to your target audience.
Conference and Management Planning
Conferences can be unwieldy. DSG has managing them down to a science. We handle every aspect of meeting planning and management for events of all sizes, types, and formats—from multitrack conferences involving high-ranking dignitaries to national webinars to specialized focus groups. We work closely with clients, partners, stakeholders, and established vendors throughout the meeting planning and management process.