Pictured above: Some of the members of the Colorado Prosecutorial Dashboards project at the History Colorado Center following the press conference announcing the launch of data dashboards, including (left to right), Arnold Hanum with Colorado District Attorneys’ Council, Jo Beletic and Lauren Gase with the Colorado Lab, Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty, Christian Gardner-Wood with Boulder District Attorneys’ Office, Don Stemen of the Prosecutorial Performance Indicators project (PPI), Kevin Miller with the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative, and Melba Pearson with PPI.
“There is a commitment in Colorado generally, and certainly among the judicial districts, to data-driven decision-making,” said Lauren Gase, PhD, senior researcher and project director for the Colorado Lab. “The dashboards are a way to take the data from the case management system and make meaning of it. This includes improving their understanding of case outcomes for similarly situated defendants, identifying promising practices and programs, and determining areas where additional training could be useful.” We are excited to share the launch of prosecutorial data dashboards in Colorado! These new publicly-available resources are designed to promote more effective, just, and transparent decision making in prosecution.
The dashboards were created through the pilot phase of the Colorado Prosecutorial Dashboards. The project is a collaborative effort between the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, the national Prosecutorial Performance Indicators (PPI) project, and theeight judicial districts in Colorado participating in the pilot. The project was funded with a grant from the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative and supported by data stored and shared by the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council (CDAC).
On September 8th, the project partners gathered at the History Colorado Center in Denver to meet with key stakeholders and members of the media to unveil their dashboards. As a bi-partisan effort, the event celebrated Colorado as the first state in the nation to move toward statewide use of data to improve decision-making in prosecution. Watch a recording of the press conference.
Publicly Available Data Dashboards Pilot
Program DA Offices
Click on the links below to see each district’s
- 1st Judicial District (Gilpin, Jefferson)
- 2nd Judicial District (Denver)
- 5th Judicial District (Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, Summit)
- 6th Judicial District (Archuleta, La Plata, San Juan)
- 7th Judicial District (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel)
- 8th Judicial District (Jackson, Larimer)
- 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln)
- 20th Judicial District (Boulder)
At the event, Don Stemen, PhD, Loyola University Chicago professor and co-manager of the PPI told the audience that the move to create prosecutorial data dashboards was sparked by public demand for greater accountability and impartiality, along with a focus on community wellbeing and fairness. “Increasingly, prosecutors are expected to take proactive, engaged responses to community problems, reduce disparities in justice outcomes, build greater trust through community engagement, and increase prosecutorial transparency and accountability. This requires robust data-driven prosecutorial work,” Stemen said.
Prosecutors worked together with researchers, with input from their communities, to create the data dashboards. Community members can access the data to gain a better understanding of the work their DA’s office does, including trends in cases filed and resolved over time, patterns in how individuals are treated, and how they are addressing serious crime and protecting and serving victims. Dashboard developers recommend looking at different data points in relation to one another to see both what is happening and to understand the why behind trends and patterns.