About Us

AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us.

Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, we conduct our work with strict independence, objectivity and non-partisanship. 

The intellectual diversity of our 1,800 employees enables us to bring together experts from many fields in the search for innovative answers to challenges that span the human life course.

Consultant Coordinator Model

The Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) is dedicated to providing targeted and tailored training and technical assistance (TTA) to states, tribes, territories, and communities to improve youth serving systems. CCAS seeks to translate research into practice focusing on evidence-based approaches designed to improve outcomes for youth at risk of or currently involved in the juvenile justice system and/or child welfare systems.

Goals of TTA Provided Through CCAS

The goal of CCAS is to support states and localities in the following areas:

Goal 1—Title II & Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

Plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate delinquency prevention, intervention, and juvenile justice systems improvement projects.

Goal 2—State Advisory Groups (SAGs)

Support states and localities in maximizing the impact of SAGs on juvenile justice reform throughout the United States.

Goal 3—Detention & Commitment

Support states and localities in implementing evidence based approaches in detention and commitment.

Goal 4—Multi-System Collaboration

Support states and localities in enhancing information sharing and building capacity to overcome challenges related to serving at-risk, juvenile justice and/or dually involved youth and their families. 

Types of TTA Provided

Universal TTA—TTA offered at this level is brief, meant to reach a wide audience, and typically involves brokering of services or information dissemination. Examples include: (1) Resource Bulletins/Reports; (2) Toolkits; (3) Briefs; (4) Guides/Manuals; (5) Online Courses; and (6) Webinars.

Targeted TTA—TTA is ongoing and is geared toward ‘a group of recipients with similar needs’ [e.g., policy makers, state advisory groups (SAGs), and so on] with the intent of fostering innovation. Examples include: (1) Communities of Practice; (2) Monthly Role Specific Calls; (3) Role Specific Listservs; (4) Targeted Webinars; (5) Listening Sessions; and (6) National, Regional, Role Specific Meetings.

Tailored TTA— TTA is intensive, ongoing and is provided to address a specific individualized need with the intent of stimulating change. Examples include (1) Ongoing Cohort Approaches; (2) Ongoing Coaching/Mentoring; (3) On-site Training; (4) One to One Instruction; and (5) Peer-to-Peer Learning.

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