What’s Next Washington

We are formerly incarcerated individuals and allies working together to improve our ability to reintegrate into society

Increased employment and housing opportunities will reduce recidivism.

The Right People

The people best able to solve the problem of recidivism are those who have direct experience with re-entry –the formerly incarcerated and their families.  That's Us.

A Collaborative Approach

Recidivism is complex. No single stakeholder can solve the problem alone.  We must work together.

We use Collective Impact, a proven collaboration tool.  It has six components:

  • A Convener to get things started.
  • Common stakeholder goals.
  • Aligned action plan.
  • Use of data to monitor progress.
  • Continuous communication among stakeholders.
  • “Backbone” organization that oversees, manages and keeps the process moving.


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What's Next Washington Convenes Stakeholders

We coordinate and support:  Public and private sector housing and employers; direct-service nonprofits; agencies, and others working to reduce recidivism.

What's Next Washington is the Backbone

We provide:  Data-tracking and analysis to help optimize performance of the stakeholder system.

The Stakeholder System

Employers/Housing providers

Facilitate learning among employers, housing providers, and the formerly incarcerated. Help pilot inclusive employer hiring policies and housing rental practices.


Direct-Service Nonprofits

Identify organizations that work to reduce recidivism inside and outside of prison.  Help them expand to meet demand, and facilitate collaboration with employers and housing providers.


Department of Corrections

Ensure job training programs match employer needs and inmate capacities and interests. Assist stakeholders to scale and standardize programs across the prison system.

Prototyping & Data Analysis 

Develop and share high-quality, data-tracking tools.  Support data-driven policy initiatives.  Incorporate learning from data into prototypes and ongoing project design.