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If a program or practice is rated as “Effective” on, does that mean the Department of Justice (DOJ) or the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is endorsing this program or practice for use by others?

No. It is important to note the Web site does not constitute an endorsement of particular programs or practices. The programs and practices reported upon favorably are being recognized for their accomplishments in support of the mission of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Furthermore, it is not intended to replace or supersede informed judgment and/or innovation. recognizes that rigorous evaluation evidence is one of several factors to consider in justice programming, policy, and funding decisions. OJP also recognizes the importance of encouraging and supporting innovative approaches that may not yet have extensive evidence of effectiveness. Please refer to the What is the purpose of FAQ for additional information.