Urban’s comprehensive approach to data collection––conducting field visits, interviews, focus groups––speaks to the depth and significance of our work. It is empowering when we give voice to the practitioners, stakeholders, and leaders making change happen in their communities, then use these insights to inform the evidence base for sound justice policy.
Lindsey Cramer is a research associate with the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where she leads the qualitative and intermediate outcome evaluation of the Advocate, Intervene, Mentor (AIM) Program and the evaluation of the New York City Justice Corps Program. She also manages the evaluation of the Fathers Advancing Communities Together (FACT) Program and Urban’s work to develop and implement family strengthening policies in correctional institutions at the local and state level. As coprincipal investigator of the AIM and Justice Corps evaluations, Cramer leads the evaluation designs and qualitative data collection efforts for the studies, including site visits, program observations, stakeholder interviews, and participant focus groups. She also manages and leads the implementation evaluation of the FACT program, which provides low-income fathers in Contra Costa County, California, services for responsible parenting, healthy relationships, and economic stability. Cramer is also developing model practices that correctional facilities can implement to encourage improved and more frequent contact and communication between incarcerated parents and their children.