Set, Measure, Achieve is a national call to action for Stepping Up counties to establish and reach measurable goals that demonstrate reduced prevalence of mental illness in jails.
By setting prevalence reduction targets, measuring progress, and achieving results, participating counties can help advance the national movement to reduce incarceration among people with mental illnesses.
The Call to Action
Since Stepping Up launched in 2015, over 500 counties—and counting—have joined the initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. Counties of all sizes have made progress toward establishing accurate, accessible baseline data on the prevalence of mental illness in their local justice systems, which has led to innovative policies and programs, increased connections to potentially life-saving treatment, and, in many cases, tangible reductions in the prevalence of mental illness.
To build on this foundation and help focus county efforts moving forward, Stepping Up is launching Set, Measure, Achieve—a national call to action for counties to establish and reach measurable goals that demonstrate reduced prevalence of mental illness in jails. By setting prevalence reduction targets, measuring progress, and achieving results, participating counties will be better able to assess their efforts and help advance the national movement to reduce incarceration among people with mental illnesses.
Counties participating in Set, Measure, Achieve will be better positioned to identify successes and opportunities, allowing for more targeted and data-driven requests for local, state, federal, and philanthropic support. Setting prevalence reduction targets will also amplify counties’ transparency efforts and ensure coordinated cross-systems work toward common goals. Participating counties will receive broad-based technical assistance with setting reasonable targets, implementing data collection, and analyzing results.
How to Participate
Step 1: Set Your Targets
To participate in Set, Measure, Achieve, Stepping Up counties who have established baseline data must commit to one or more of Stepping Up’s minimum suggested prevalence reduction targets below. For a comprehensive assessment of their Stepping Up efforts, participating counties are encouraged to work toward all five of these targets. However, Stepping Up recognizes that counties may not have readily accessible data for each target.
- 5% annual reduction in average daily jail population
- 10% annual reduction in jail bookings
- 5% annual reduction in average length of jail stay
- 10% annual increase in post-release connections to care
- 5% annual reduction in recidivism
Step 2: Announce Your Participation
Once your county has established its prevalence reduction goals, you are encouraged to announce and promote your participation in Set, Measure, Achieve. To formally participate in the call to action and receive additional guidance and resources, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to share your announcement with Stepping Up.
Step 3: Measure and Report Your Progress
Counties are encouraged, but not required, to share progress data with Stepping Up to help the initiative see how participating counties are doing on a national scale. Once you notify Stepping Up that you want to participate in Set, Measure, Achieve, Stepping Up will ask for your data every 12 months. Please note that sharing your data is voluntary and the information you provide will never be shared without your permission.
If you are a county official interested in participating in Set, Measure, Achieve,
get started by reaching out to Stepping Up.