FAQ category: General
The goal of BJA NTTAC is to provide TTA services to meet the needs of the field that aren’t addressed through current funding to TTA providers. BJA NTTAC closely coordinates its services and support to the field with all of BJA’s TTA providers and will coordinate the work of all of BJA’s TTA services through enhancing coordination and collaboration efforts among BJA’s TTA providers.
Established in 2008 by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), BJA’s NTTAC connects state, local, and tribal justice agencies in need of assistance with specialized guidance – known as technical assistance – from national experts to help address those needs. The justice agencies BJA NTTAC assists range from prosecutor’s offices, to police departments, to city and county commissioners, to corrections departments. Our goal is to provide these agencies the resources needed to reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement, while also promoting a safe and fair criminal justice system.
BJA NTTAC’s training and specialized guidance – also known as technical assistance – take a variety of forms that can be combined or modified to meet the unique needs of criminal justice practitioners and agencies, as well as elected officials, community organizations, or citizen advocates. Services range from short-term to more comprehensive, longer-term engagements and cover a variety of justice topics. The objectives of BJA’s training and technical assistance (TTA) services are to:
- Provide information to grantees and criminal justice professionals to replicate model programs and approaches;
- Increase knowledge and use of best practices, emerging technologies, and new models; and
- Help agencies and jurisdictions identify and address operational and programmatic needs.
BJA NTTAC supports the work of criminal justice practitioners and agencies; elected officials; community organizations; or citizen advocates in state, local, and tribal justice communities.
FAQ category: Requestor
To submit a TTA request through BJA NTTAC, complete our online application form. Once the application for TTA services is submitted, an email notification is sent to the address provided in the application, confirming that the information was successfully transmitted. As part of the application, an authorizing official from the requesting organization must submit a letter of support for the TTA service being requested. This letter can be sent to BJA NTTAC via email at email@example.com. BJA NTTAC staff will review the application and letter of support and will contact the designated point of contact to schedule a call to discuss the information provided in the application and collect more in-depth information regarding the specific nature of the request. Then, BJA NTTAC will review the application and render a decision.
BJA NTTAC is not a grant making organization; BJA NTTAC provides support for training and technical assistance services.
FAQ category: Provider
To ensure that there is consistent communication between BJA NTTAC and a TTA provider working on an engagement, TTA providers must be willing to share regular status updates with BJA NTTAC throughout the provision of TTA services. It is the role of the TTA provider to maintain steady communication and serve as the face of BJA NTTAC in the field. Once the TTA engagement is complete and in order for BJA NTTAC to continually improve our services, BJA NTTAC solicits feedback from TTA providers regarding the overall process of working with the requesting agency and BJA NTTAC, as well as the result of the TTA engagement.
FAQ category: TTA Collaboration Portal
We welcome feedback on this BJA NTTAC system. To provide feedback, please contact BJA NTTAC at 1-855-BJA-TTAC (1-855-252-8822) or firstname.lastname@example.org.>
By using the TTA Collaboration Portal, you can create a post and pose questions to your peers and BJA staff on message boards, upload documents and resources, share best practices, and communicate information about upcoming meetings – and then tag this content by a criminal justice topic or interest group to make it searchable by your peers. This is a capability similar to many social media and networking sites. These capabilities, combined with the increased access to information and resources, will result in better coordination in the provision of TTA activities and will make it easier for you to perform your work.
The TTA Collaboration Portal offers key features that allow you to view up-to-date information on TTA activity trends, search directories to identify relevant BJA criminal justice partners, and utilize a geographic information system to visually see the distribution of BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) TTA activity across the United States. The TTA Collaboration Portal also serves as a platform for providers who support similar criminal justice areas to interact with one another through various interest groups. Additionally, now in one central location, you can easily access information on BJA NTTAC activities including newsletters, meeting notices, materials from BJA partner meetings, and information on requests for proposals.
The BJA Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Collaboration Portal is an interactive, web-based system designed to facilitate increased collaboration among BJA staff and BJA TTA providers – like you. The TTA Collaboration Portal offers a variety of information sharing capabilities making it easier for providers to work together in the provision of TTA services, prevent the duplication of efforts, and consolidate available TTA information to identify trends and coordinate successful approaches to challenges.