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NCJ Number: 243834 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluability Assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Model, Site Report: COSA Durham
Author(s): Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D.; Gary Zajac, Ph.D.; Courtney A. Meyer, M.A.
Date Published: July 2013
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2012-IJ-CX-0008
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Grants and Funding; Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study identified issues that should be considered in an evaluation design for Durham‘s (North Carolina) 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: In order to assess the readiness and suitability of the Durham COSA for evaluation, this assessment clarified program intent, explored the program’s current status, determined the program’s data capacity, analyzed program fidelity, and proposed potential evaluation designs for future evaluation. At the time of the site visit, Durham’s COSA was in the program development stage and not operating any Circles. The assessment awarded it a fidelity score of 24 percent, meaning that it has much left to do in creating a definitive program model that reflects the general model first used by the Correctional Services of Canada. Durham’s anticipated COSA model appears to deviate from the intended model in one key feature. Selected “core members” many not have fully completed their sentences, and all released sex offenders are subject to 5 years of post-release supervision. It was not possible to assess data management, because the project is still in development. The primary obstacle to evaluation is that the site is currently operating at very low capacity; however, the project is well-resourced financially and with personnel. At this time, however, Durham’s COSA is not at sufficient development and capacity to contribute to a rigorous evaluation. 2 figures and 15 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Corrections volunteers; NIJ final report; North Carolina; Post-release programs; Reentry; Restorative Justice; Sex offenders; Social conditions; Social organization; Socialization; Socially challenged; Volunteer programs
Note: For the cross-site report, see NCJ-243832; for other site reports, see NCJ-243833 and NCJ-243835-37.
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