PJAC Research Briefs

Publication Date: January 25, 2021

This page compiles a series of research briefs that share lessons learned through implementation of the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) demonstration project.

The PJAC model integrates procedural justice principles into child support enforcement business practices. Procedural justice is the idea that an individual’s perception of fairness during a process, and how they were treated, has a stronger impact on their compliance than their perception of fairness of the outcome. Through the PJAC model, OCSE seeks to increase parents’ compliance with child support orders by increasing trust and confidence in the child support agency and its processes.


These briefs are not OCSE publications. MDRC produced these briefs under contract to the State of Georgia’s Division of Child Support Services in the Department of Human Services, with funds from the PJAC evaluation grant awarded by OCSE to the state. These briefs are in the public domain. Permission to reproduce is not necessary.

The views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of OCSE, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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