Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative, one of two graduate fellowships housed at the Research and Evaluation Center, is a collaboration between The Pinkerton Foundation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The goal of the initiative is to contribute to the development and evidence orientation of the youth justice community in New York City. The program supports the development of talented students who are equipped to assume positions of responsibility in the youth justice field while supporting the operational and research capacity of participating nonprofit community-based organizations. The Fellowships will consist of intensive year-long placements beginning in the summer and running through the spring of the following year.

The Pinkerton Initiative has two tracks:

• Pinkerton Community Fellows- Juniors and Seniors placed in direct service roles;
• Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellows- Graduate students working to strengthen the evidence orientation and analytical capacity of affiliated agencies.

Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellows work in teams with the Research and Evaluation Center’s Rudin Fellows to consult with nonprofit community-based organizations in the New York City justice sector. Research Fellows receive guidance and training in applied evaluation skills from John Jay faculty and staff in the Research and Evaluation Center and apply these skills in building the analytical capacities of participating youth justice agencies. Research Fellows also participate in workshops and other events with the larger learning community that includes the Pinkerton Community Fellows, the participating youth justice agencies, and the staff and faculty of John Jay College.

Core Staff
Ann Jacobs (PI), Jeffrey Butts (Co-PI for Graduate Research Fellowships), Violet Yu, Melissa Pognon, Rhoda Ramdeen

Funding
$1.3 million (2012-2015). Pinkerton Foundation.