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Title: HOPE II: Faith-Based and Community Organization Program Evaluation Study, Process Study Report
Author(s): Carrie Markovitz Ph.D.; Suzanne Klein M.S.; Lisa Magged M.A.; Kristina Kliorys Ed.M.; Meg Chapman M.A.
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 170
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Grant Number: TR-017
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of the process evaluation of the Federal Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC‘s) HOPE II (Helping Outreach Programs to Expand) initiative, which provided financial and technical assistance to faith-based and community organizations (FBCO’s) that offer services to crime victims in urban, high-crime areas.
Abstract: The process evaluation found that the grant specifications of a 10-month timeline and the modest level of funding ($50,000 to each participating FBCO) put challenging constraints on a program’s building capacity, particularly for small, inexperienced organizations with modest operational capacity. Due to operational issues at the intermediary organization (the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center) and an inconsistent structure for technical assistance through the use of various consultants (site mentors), the nine subgrantees involved in the process evaluation’s case studies did not consistently receive support during the implementation of HOPE II activities. The reimbursement model for funding disbursement was not consistently executed in a timely fashion, causing several subgrantees to use personal funds temporarily during portions of the grant period. The training and technical assistance provided by the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center (MCVRC) were not effectively structured for subgrantees. Following the initial training by MCVRC, subgrantees were not clear on the expectations for ongoing technical assistance and the nature of their relationship with the site mentor. Despite the inefficiencies and hardships that resulted from the grant process, however, it is possible that the grant program contributed to an increase in the volunteer and collaborative capacity of the FBCO grantees, but this will not be known until the outcome evaluation is completed in the spring of 2008. Nine preliminary recommendations on program design are offered based on the findings of the process evaluation. 12 exhibits and appended evaluation methodology, request for proposals for soliciting intermediaries and subgrantees, subgrantee application review form, subgrantee training conference materials, and site-visit protocols
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Faith-Based; Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims; NIJ final report; Organization development; Religion; Technical assistance resources; Urban criminality; Victim services training; Volunteer programs; Volunteers
Note: For the summary report see NCJ-224986 and for the outcomes evaluation of Hope II, see NCJ-224988.
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