The Center for Court Innovation's work begins with a commitment to data and analysis. The Center studies problems within communities and within government systems. It uses this information to inform the development of demonstration projects. Researchers from the Center also conduct process and impact evaluations to document what works and what doesn't in justice reform.
The Center for Court Innovation field-tests new ideas using operating programs. By creating model programs – some big, some small – the Center is able to show new thinking in action.
Based on its hands-on implementation experience, the Center for Court Innovation provides assistance to innovators around the world. The Center has aided thousands of justice officials and non-government organizations, helping them assess local problems, implement new solutions, and evaluate their effectiveness.
The Center for Court Innovation's three primary areas of work are mutually reinforcing. Research is the foundation upon which demonstration projects are built. In turn, the Center's experience implementing demonstration projects is the basis of its expert assistance to the field. But the Center is committed to be a learning institution as well as a teaching institution. What it learns from its engagement with the world, it attempts to bring back to its own demonstration projects in an effort to constantly improve practice. And the Center's demonstration projects are also the subject of rigorous evaluations, both by the Center's own researchers and outside evaluators.