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NCJ Number: NCJ 196057     Find in a Library
Title: Strategies for Evaluating Small Juvenile Justice Programs
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Wendy E. Rowe Ph.D. ; Merideth Trahan
  Editor(s): Nancy Michel
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 20
  Annotation: This article provides juvenile justice managers with information to help them evaluate their programs.
Abstract: This briefing provides a small-scale program evaluation model for efficient conduct of juvenile justice program evaluations. An outside local evaluator, and an agreement between the evaluator and the program staff setting up a cooperative process with staff input are required. The essentials of program evaluation are identified and limitations are addressed. Some necessary program planning activities are described, including writing a plan of activities designed to meet goals and objectives. Also, the importance of the evaluator and the needed qualifications to look for are discussed. Required components of the collaborative evaluation process are addressed, including the varied roles the players may take. Additionally, the importance of identifying process and program outcome measures, in order to respond to critical evaluation questions, are emphasized. Collecting, analyzing, and reporting data efficiently are discussed as effective strategies of small program evaluation. The collection of qualitative data (how much and what kind of services were provided) and quantitative data (why services were provided) are discussed and described as being best used in combination with each other. Funding resources and technical assistance sources are identified to enable the small program evaluation to be administered effectively. In summary, it is emphasized that small program evaluation is essential in applying for grant awards for any juvenile justice program, and the model contained here is meant to level the playing field in a very competitive bidding process.
Main Term(s): Program evaluation ; Juveniles ; Training
Index Term(s): Juvenile procedures training ; Juvenile program evaluation
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-RN-FX-0112
Publication Number: 3
Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Evaluation Ctr
c/o Justice Research and Statistics Assoc
777 North Capitol Street, N.E.
Suite 801
Washington, DC 20002
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Program Evaluation Briefing Series #3
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