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Improving IT Procurement Series 6: Evaluating Responses to the RFP and Selecting a Supplier

This is the sixth of an eight-part series on procurement practices in information technology. This series is authored by Bob Shumate, a Member Emeritus of the IJIS Institute and the chair of the IJIS Institute’s Procurement Innovation Task Force. The material in these articles covers the findings of the Procurement Innovation Task Force and offers [...]

Improving IT Procurement Series Part 5: Preparing and Disseminating the Formal RFP

This is the fifth of an eight-part series on procurement practices in information technology. This series is authored by Bob Shumate, a Member Emeritus of the IJIS Institute and the chair of the IJIS Institute’s Procurement Innovation Task Force. The material in these articles covers the findings of the Procurement Innovation Task Force and offers [...]

Improving IT Procurement Series Part 4: Defining and Articulating the Procurement Problem

This is the fourth of an eight-part series on procurement practices in information technology. This series is authored by Bob Shumate, a Member Emeritus of the IJIS Institute and the chair of the IJIS Institute’s Procurement Innovation Task Force. The material in these articles covers the findings of the Procurement Innovation Task Force and offers [...]

Improving IT Procurement Series 3: Preplanning for the Procurement

This is the third of an eight-part series on procurement practices in information technology. This series is authored by Bob Shumate, a Member Emeritus of the IJIS Institute and the chair of the IJIS Institute’s Procurement Innovation Task Force. The material in these articles covers the findings of the Procurement Innovation Task Force and offers [...]

Improving IT Procurement Series Part 2: How Did Procurement Get This Way?

This is the second of an eight-part series on procurement practices in information technology. This series is authored by Bob Shumate, a Member Emeritus of the IJIS Institute and the chair of the IJIS Institute’s Procurement Innovation Task Force. The material in these articles covers the findings of the Procurement Innovation Task Force and offers [...]

Improving IT Procurement Series Part 1: Is the Procurement Process Broken?

This is the first of an eight-part series on procurement practices in information technology. This series is authored by Bob Shumate, a Member Emeritus of the IJIS Institute and the chair of the IJIS Institute’s Procurement Innovation Task Force. The material in these articles covers the findings of the Procurement Innovation Task Force and offers [...]

Reconsidering Crime Classification

Scientists as well as practitioners have long lamented the inadequacy of the UCR 8 categories reported in a summary count form when it comes to an analysis of contributing factors to crime occurrences or to a measure of those crimes and events that are not included in the UCR indicators such as cybercrime. By asking police agencies to simply report counts of reported violations, we lose the ability to drill down into the data to help evaluate strategies and programs for crime prevention or to learn what underlying trends are affecting the crime rates. There are many examples in other fields such as in medicine and biology where taxonomies have been designed in accordance with principles that support the subsequent productive use of the data to help gain knowledge about the events. These logic-based classification systems serve to improve understanding and information sharing across domains and disciplines as well as jurisdictions, and it is this principle to which we should aspire. [...]

The Future of Public Safety Integration (Part 3 of Series)

8 April 2014. This blog is the third in a series—Public Safety Software Integration: Past, Present, and Future—that focuses on the increased use of integrated public safety software suites. Our guest blogger for this article is Evan Halperin, Senior Analyst, Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety, Deltek. The IJIS Institute thanks Deltek for their contributions!

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The Convergence of Justice, Human Services, and Health Care

GUEST AUTHOR: Paul Wormeli, Wormeli Consulting LLC & Executive Director Emeritus, IJIS Institute

In 2006, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that “At midyear 2005 more than half of all prison and jail inmates had a mental health problem, including 705,600 inmates in State prisons, 78,800 in Federal prisons, and 479,900 in local jails. These [...]

Public Safety Software Integration, Part 2: Opportunities

GUEST AUTHOR: Nooshin Rezazad, Analyst, Deltek

FEBRUARY 17, 2014: Public safety software suites continue to be a hot area for procurement, as many police, sheriff, fire and other public safety departments look to integrated systems that can be provided by one vendor. Just recently, the state of Delaware entered into a contract with New [...]