About the SAW Project™

The community corrections field is ready for transformational change, and at the SAW Project, we believe that change will come from creating a global idea-sharing culture. By interviewing supervision professionals around the world to find out which programs are delivering positive outcomes and which are not, and then sharing that data, the SAW Project will help to promote research informed practices globally and to support the continuation and growth of successful programs around the world.

At the heart of the SAW Project is data collection. Of 195 countries worldwide, no single database provides current practice data and details. The SAW Project is in the process of identifying countries offering supervision services, interviewing respective practitioners, documenting current practices, building relationships with key administrators, and creating an interactive internet repository for gleaned information that will guide informed decisions.

About the SAW Project

Origins

The SAW (Supervision Around the World) Project is conducted via a formal partnership between Community Supervision Solutions and the American Probation and Parole Association and is designed and managed by Julie Truschel of CSS, and supported by APPA, a 501(c)(3) agency. The project has its origins in 2015 at the 2nd World Congress on Probation, when APPA and CSS conducted a series of interviews with administrators from various countries about local supervision practices. International non-profit corrections agencies also believe this level of program information is important as evidenced by letters of support received by:

What is SAW?

In the spirit of those interviews begun at the World Congress years ago, the SAW Project aims to continue that data-gathering process to identify which of 195 existing countries actively operate community supervision programs for clients with criminal convictions, which have programs that are not yet fully operational and which have no program at all. The vast repository of data that results will be made available on an interactive website, and this way, position SAW as the premier site for accessing up-to-date data on supervision programs, models and outcomes around the world.

Goals

Once the SAW Project website is designed and populated with the information gathered, users from the global supervision and corrections community will be able to access and add to the database. In this way, the project will help expand the industry’s collective knowledge base, while documenting the ways different types of supervision programs are built, operated, and measured all over the world, and building valuable relationships that support and enhance ongoing collaborative efforts to change the supervision industry for the better. For additional information about how you can be involved and/or support the SAW Project, contact us.

World Congress on Probation

In the spirit of sharing collaborative best practices, the SAW Project will also serve as a repository for presentations, including videos, slide decks, and papers, delivered at World Congress events.

*SAW Project (Supervision Around the World) is a registered trademark of Community Supervision Solutions.