RFP: New Jersey Policing Report Card Project

Philip Webb's picture
June 30, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Sociology

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (“the Institute”) and Salvation and Social Justice are seeking a researcher or research institution to partner with for the development of the New Jersey Policing Report Card Project (“The Report Card”). The Report Card will assemble, grade and publish data and information on key policing policy issues in 6 cities throughout New Jersey.

Project Description

The Report Card will gather, analyze and grade policing data and other information to bolster transparency around local policing practices and to highlight how one police department compares to others throughout the state.

While we would like to collaborate and receive feedback from our research partner at each stage of the project, we are particularly interested in receiving assistance at Step 2: Collecting and Analyzing Policing Data and Information.

Step 1: Identifying Police Departments to Score. The Institute and Salvation and Social Justice will work together to identify 6 municipalities across the state that will be scored in The Report Card. In selecting which police departments will be scored, the Institute and Salvation and Social Justice will consider a variety of factors, including the size of the department and a history of police abuse.

Step 2: Collecting and Analyzing Policing Data and Information. The Institute will work closely with our research partner to collect, analyze and evaluate data and materials from the selected departments. The Institute plans to lead the Policy Analysis and Community Survey, and hopes our research partner will lead the Data Analysis, Spending & Budget Analysis, and Racial Disparities and Demographics Analysis.

Policy Analysis

  • Community Policing Policies and Trainings
  • First Amendment Right to Record Police Policies and Trainings
  • Department practices for responding to mental health crises
  • Department participation in the federal 1033 program
  • Transparency policies and practices


Data & Outcome Analysis

  • Rate of use of force, including law enforcement chokeholds
  • Rate of stops, searches and arrests
  • Community contacts, including youth engagements
  • Stops, searches, summonses and arrests related to individuals recording police
  • Rate of calls for service related to behavioral health crises
  • Rate of use of force against individuals experiencing a behavioral health crises
  • Rate of adverse credibility findings against officers who testified in court


Racial Disparities & Demographics Analysis

  • A racial disparity analysis of all of the above policing practices (whenever possible)
  • The demographics of the municipality
  • The demographics of the police force


Spending & Budget Analysis

  • Department spending related to the maintenance of equipment obtained through the federal 1033 program
  • Ratio of law enforcement/social services budget


Community Survey

The Institute will also develop a community survey to better understand how each community feels about policing and public safety. The Institute will work in partnership with Salvation and Social Justice to distribute the survey.


Step 3: Developing the Scoring Rubric and Grading Police Departments. The Institute will develop, with feedback from our research partner, a scoring rubric to grade police departments based on the data and information collected and analyzed by our research partner.

Step 4: Publishing the Report Card. The Institute will work with our research partner to design and publish The Report Card. The Report Card will be published as an interactive website that will animate the results of our data, research and analysis.

Step 5: Promoting the Results of The Report Card. The Institute and Salvation and Social Justice will share The Report Card with our networks and work with local advocates, as well as police departments, to ensure that The Report Card is useful to local advocacy and police reform efforts.


Project Timeline

Step 1: September-December 2021

Step 2: January-September 2022

Step 3: January-September 2022

Step 4: October-December 2022

Step 5: January 2023 and beyond


Selection Criteria

  • Experience collecting and analyzing public administrative data
  • Familiarity law enforcement agencies and policing data preferred, but not required
  • Experience with open records requests preferred, but not required
  • Feasibility of completion of study in proposed time frame
  • Experience with collaborative research with community partners


Proposal Requirements

  • CV/Resume of researcher(s)
  • Proposed data collection and analysis plan and methods, including timeline
  • Proposed budget



  • RFP Release Date: April 26, 2021
  • Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2021
  • Proposal Selected: July 16, 2020
  • Data Collection and Analysis: January-September 2022


For the full RFP, click here.

Please submit proposals and any questions to: blewis@njisj.org

Contact Info: 

Brooke Lewis, Associate Counsel

or Philip Webb, Chief Operating Officer

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