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NCJ Number: NCJ 242015     Find in a Library
Title: Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Jennifer Fratello ; Tarika Daftary Kapur ; Alice Chasan
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America

Models for Change
United States of America
Date Published: 2013
Page Count: 12
  Annotation: This guide describes the process that determines whether a program qualifies as evidence-based and explains how programs can prepare to be evaluated.
Abstract: Although this guide targets juvenile justice practitioners, it is generally applicable to programs in other social service fields as well. The first section describes an outcome evaluation, which is defined as a formal study that helps to answer the basic question, Is this program working? Its aim is to collect and examine evidence of changes in clients’ behavior and, if there are changes, show that they result directly from participants’ experience in the program. After defining an outcome evaluation, the guide discusses why an outcome evaluation is needed and how to prepare to conduct an outcome evaluation. The following steps are outlined: determining whether the program is true to its original plan; defining the study group and control group; identifying the sources for the data to be collected and analyzed; and preparing a full report that traces the evaluation steps and describes what was learned about the program.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Evaluation techniques ; Change management ; Research uses in policymaking ; Juvenile justice reform
Sponsoring Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
United States of America
Sale Source: Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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