Task Force on 21st Century Policing Diffusion Assessment

Project Summary

The National Police Foundation (NPF) is partnering with the Joyce Foundation and 21CP Solutions to assess the reach, impact, challenges, and successes of the principles of the 21st Century Policing Task Force Report (21CPTFR). This project will examine the law enforcement field in the five years following the 21CPTFR’s finalization and publication, including both the reach of the report in the field of law enforcement, and changes that may be attributed to the report. Project goals are to:

1) explore the extent to which the principles and strategies that underlie the 21CPTFR have influenced changes in policing or have otherwise been absorbed into the field;

2) examine catalysts and inhibitors to implementation of these principles and strategies; and,

3) provide examples of agencies that have or have not implemented these principles and the ways in which they have done so, or, if they have not, the barriers.



To achieve the goals of the project, the NPF is conducting a literature and policy review, media review, and environmental scan related to the 21CPTFR and its principles, strategies, and recommendations. To the extent possible, NPF will use quantifiable measures to demonstrate the diffusion of concepts. The NPF team will also conduct exploratory inquiries and structured individual or group interviews with executives and other agency representatives, as well as other key stakeholders, to better understand the variety of diverse perspectives on the 21CPTFR implementation and challenges thereto. Additionally, NPF will administer a survey that probes high level absorption and use of 21CPTFR principles and concepts, which will provide additional qualitative data on stakeholder perceptions. To drill down even further to provide specifics around 21CPTFR-based work conducted in cities and counties around the country, the NPF, with input from the Joyce Foundation, will develop six to 10 ‘case studies’ to include in the final report to provide more detailed information on the advancements some agencies have made with or without the assistance of the 21CPTFR principles. NPF will compile and analyze the data collected through prior tasks to develop a final report based on the information collected and data analysis.



Final publications will be released Fall 2020.


Funding & Collaboration

This project is supported by the Joyce Foundation.


Points of Contact

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Local Programs
National Police Foundation



President’s Task Force, 21st Century Policing, Community Policing, Procedural Justice, Police Legitimacy, Diffusion