Office of Programming, Development and Evaluation

The newly formed Office of Programming, Development and Evaluation (OPDE) was created to provide oversight and accountability for the agency’s implementation of evidence-based programs and processes that support the mission and vision of the department.  OPDE closely aligns several interconnected agency departments in order to serve as a resource for institution and field operations on program integrity and recidivism strategies. The OPDE includes the following departments:


Office of Offender Reentry and Enterprise Development


The Office of Offender Reentry and Enterprise Development is comprised of several departments that consist of Reentry, Enterprise Development, Evidence Based Practices – Quality Assurance and Religious Services. The office is responsible for guiding and monitoring reentry related programs and initiatives. Designated staff are assigned initiatives including volunteers, family, reentry planning and assessments, housing, offender programming, community partnerships, and offender workforce development. Staff within the Office of Reentry work closely with institution and APA staff to ensure agency practices align with the mission of the agency and are conducive to supporting successful offender returns to local communities.


The Office of Enterprise Development (OED) was created to further efforts to reduce recidivism and increase public safety for all Ohioans. OED's mission is to reduce idleness of inmates through the creation of training programs and jobs for inmates and restored citizens through partnerships with private sector businesses. OED works in collaboration with various state agencies to expand the number of partnerships with private sector businesses with the primary goal of developing training for inmates in transferrable job skills and providing job opportunities for restored citizens.



Quality Assurance


The Quality Assurance (QA) section offers continuous quality improvement and quality assurance in the areas of ORAS, case planning, and programming for each region with ODRC, as well as community partners/agencies within designated regional areas.  


The QA section also offers a variety of cognitive behavioral trainings at the Correctional Training Academy and other local sites that include ORAS, Trauma Training, Core Correctional Practices, Case Planning, Decision Points, Motivational Interviewing, etc. 


Bureau of Research and Evaluation


The mission of the Bureau of Research and Evaluation is to provide information support, population analysis, and findings from operational policy and correctional program assessment to agency managing officers, policy makers, and the broader criminal justice community of Ohio.  The Bureau compiles and summarizes performance and social climate metrics and administrative data for specialized and routine reporting purposes in order to describe offender populations, recidivism patterns, and improve operational management.  The Bureau is responsible for conducting legislative impact analysis, prison population forecasting, and risk classification studies. Research staff routinely serve in a variety of advisory capacities in support of departmental work groups and inter-agency committees.  Research classification specialists working within the Bureau's Offender History Information Unit collect and summarize detailed social and criminal background data in order to help better inform classification and policy analyses.  The evaluation work done Bureau staff helps in developing process accountability information and in assessing the effectiveness of agency treatment approaches and initiatives. Please click here to view research and reports.