Pracademia in Practice: The IF Project
Our Pracademic partner, Kim Bogucki, is the creator of the IF Project. The program centers on a simple proposition: “What if…?” This question, in several permutations (What could someone have said that would have changed the course of your life? What would you see if you stood in front of your childhood home?), was intended to guide participants to “aha” moments in realizing where they had started to make bad choices and how they might get back on track. We partnered with a Pracademic in Alabama, Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy, to test if the IF Project improved outcomes for male prison residents. Volunteers were randomly assigned to the program or to a waitlist control group. The program was first piloted in Seattle with women residents and has since been implemented in facilities across the country, but this is the first test of the IF Project using a randomized controlled trial.