Nicholas Read is a senior crime and justice researcher at AIR, where he designs and conducts social science research and evaluation studies and translates research to practice in the areas of crime and delinquency, juvenile and criminal justice, community-based violence prevention, education and health systems, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged populations. Read currently directs and supports several federal and state program evaluations. The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) Evaluation of ESSA Title I, Part D Neglect or Delinquent Programs is examining state and local planning and implementation of supplemental education and transition supports for youth who are neglected or delinquent. The National Institute for Justice’s California School Safety Study is exploring the association of school safety and student outcomes with school-based risk and protective factors and readiness to adopt comprehensive school safety reforms among students, parents, schools and communities. The Utah State Education and Juvenile Justice Services Alignment Evaluation is applying research-based best practices for juvenile reentry and aftercare to the state’s education and transition policies and procedures to improve youth’s integration back into communities from secure care placement.
In addition to his research and evaluation work, Read has provided training and technical assistance (TTA) across many federal TTA centers. Prior to 2016, he led and coordinated TTA products and webinars for ED’s National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC), assisting state and local administrators and practitioners in support of youth educated in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. He also previously served as a TTA specialist for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership), supporting community-based comprehensive mental health services for youth involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinqeuncy Prevention’s Center for Coordinated Assistance States (CCAS), supporting states’ implementation of fair and just juvenile justice practices as mandated by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
Read has authored numerous research briefs and TTA resources and delivered dozens of presentations at local, state, and national conferences and meetings.