The U.S. Department of State has selected Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG), and its partner, George Mason University’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), to build a counterterrorism annual reporting database and help the department prepare the congressionally mandated annual Country Reports on Terrorism.
DSG has performed critical evaluations of juvenile justice systems at the state level, most notably on behalf of Colorado and Maryland. The depth of this work was tantamount to auditing at the states’ behest.
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the national opioid epidemic and public health emergency. DSG has given a high priority to addressing this crisis in a variety of ways, through four contracts that address different aspects of the crisis.
SCIENCE IN THE SERVICE OF PEOPLE
Development Services Group, Inc., is a woman-owned, small-business, and leading social science research and management consulting firm. Over the last 35 years, we have served federal agencies, states, nonprofits, and other organizations through more than 150 projects.
DSG Researchers Present at National Criminology Conference
DSG research staff gave three presentations and contributed to two round-table discussions at the 2018 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
New Article by DSG Researchers on Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice Published in the Journal of Crime and Justice
DSG researchers conducted a systematic literature review spanning 15 years (2001-2014) to examine the effects of race on the way that minority youths are processed in the juvenile justice system. The majority of the studies found significant race effects disadvantaging minority youths, although the picture that emerges is very complex.
OUR PRACTICE AREAS
DSG’s Justice Practice is devoted to reducing and preventing all forms of crime and violence, and improving outcomes for juveniles and adults who come in 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 promotes the application of 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 be responsive to the needs of their stakeholders—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 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 provider 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 to manage. DSG has it down to a science. We handle every aspect of meeting planning and management for events of all sizes, types, and formats–from multi-track 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.