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NCJ Number: NCJ 243833     Find in a Library
Title: Evaluability Assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Model, Site Report: Colorado COSA
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Author(s): Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D. ; Gary Zajac, Ph.D. ; Courtney A. Meyer, M.A.
Date Published: 07/2013
Page Count: 27
  Annotation: This study identifies issues that should be considered in an evaluation design for Colorado’s Circles of Support and Accountability, a restorative justice-based community reentry program for high-risk sex offenders with little or no pro-social community support.
Abstract: The assessment determined that the Colorado COSA (COCOSA) uses an adapted version of the model that draws from materials obtained from COSA programs in Fresno, CA; Alaska, Vermont, and the United Kingdom. COCOSA is in the initial stages of developing its first COSA Circles. The COCOSA model appears to deviate from the intended model in a number of ways. Core members have not completed their sentences and are in the community under a combination of COSA and parole or probation supervision. In addition, there appears to be some flexibility in the criteria for core member selection. It was not possible to assess data management because the project is still under development. The project is well resourced in both financing and personnel, and has a strong model in place, having learned valuable lessons from its first attempt at creating a COSA. At this time, however, COCOSA is not operating at a sufficient capacity to allow it to contribute positively to rigorous evaluation. This assessment clarified program intent, explored what is currently happening in its development, examined program data capacity, analyzed program fidelity, and considered potential evaluation designs for future evaluation. 2 figures and 16 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Sex offenders ; Evaluation of evaluation ; Social organization ; Socialization ; Social reintegration ; Post-release programs ; Sex offender treatment ; NIJ final report ; Colorado ; Reentry ; Restorative Justice
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2012-IJ-CX-0008
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation ; Grants and Funding ; Report (Grant Sponsored)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For the cross-site report, see NCJ-243832; for other individual site reports, see NCJ-243834-37.
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