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Professors Douglas Berman, Sarah Cole earn outreach and engagement grants

June 23, 2021 | Faculty

Professors Douglas Berman and Sarah Cole recently earned outreach and engagement grants. Including Berman and Cole, The Ohio State University’s Office of Outreach and Engagement awarded more than $215,000 to 23 recipients of 2021 Outreach and Engagement grants.

Grants were awarded at a maximum amount of $10,000 to support development of impact reports for programs, performances or exhibits; development of a public policy document or report; or support for a team to develop a grant proposal or finalize a manuscript for publication submission.

For Berman, funding will be used to analyze data and develop a report with specific policy recommendations that can inform state policymakers, drug courts, and on the ongoing drug policy reform debate more broadly. The goals of this report are (1) describe the variations among Ohio drug courts in respect to eligibility, supervision, treatment requirements, and other services offered; and (2) assess how particular features of drug courts relate to two key outcomes, completion of treatment and rates of committing new offenses. This project is possible due to the data provided by the Ohio Supreme Court.

In addition, The Divided Community Project (DCP) and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies published “A Practical Guide to Planning Initiatives for Working to Advance Racial Equity” in April 2021. Cole’s funding will be used to support engaging with community leaders and distilling lessons learned from domestic state and local truth and reconciliation commission style processes into the second edition of the guide.