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NCJ Number: NCJ 243837     Find in a Library
Title: Evaluability Assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Model, Site Report: Vermont COSA
Author(s): Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D. ; Gary Zajac, Ph.D. ; Courtney A. Meyer, M.A.
Date Published: 07/2013
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2012-IJ-CX-0008
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation ; Grants and Funding
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study assessed the readiness for a rigorous evaluation of Vermont’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: Vermont’s COSA (“VT COSA”) was part of a five-site study of COSA programs in the United States that assessed their readiness for a rigorous evaluation. Overall, although VT COSA has some methodological obstacles to a rigorous evaluation, they can be resolved, so VT COSA is ready to contribute to rigorous experimental evaluation, either singly or as part of a multi-site evaluation of the effectiveness of COSA in the United States. This assessment clarified program intent, explored program reality, examined program data capacity, analyzed program fidelity, and proposed potential evaluation designs for future evaluation. Although VT COSA was awarded a relatively high fidelity score of 86 percent, it deviated from the intended model in a number of ways. First, it is managed centrally by the Vermont Department of Corrections, which has implications for COSA activity. Second, selected “core members” (released sex offenders) had not completed their sentences, as they were under a combination of COSA and formal parole supervision. Third, there was some flexibility in the criteria for selecting core members. On the other hand, the quality of data and data systems at VT COSA were excellent. The only obstacle to the evaluation of VT COSA may be the potential sample size available. 2 figures and 16 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Program evaluation ; Volunteer programs ; Socially challenged ; Sex offenders ; Social organization ; Program implementation ; Social reintegration ; Post-release programs ; Corrections volunteers ; Sex offender treatment ; NIJ final report ; Vermont ; Reentry ; Restorative Justice
Note: For the cross-site report, see NCJ-243832; for other site reports, see NCJ-243833-36.
   
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