The Center conceives, plans, and operates programs that seek to test new ideas, solve difficult problems, and achieve system change. In so doing, the Center wrestles with thorny planning and implementation challenges. This experience grounds the organization in the realities of how difficult it is to alter the behavior of individuals, communities, and government bureaucracies. The Center works with a broad range of government, non-profit, and community partners. It has a particularly strong relationship with government in New York—especially the state court system, for which the Center provides ongoing strategic advice and programming. While the Center's projects cover a broad range of topics—from juvenile delinquency to the reentry of ex-offenders into society—the approach is always the same: rigorous, collaborative planning and an emphasis on using data to document results. The Center's operating programs have achieved tangible results like safer streets, reduced incarceration, and improved neighborhood perceptions of justice.