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NCJ Number: NCJ 223569     Find in a Library
Title: Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: User's Guide to Nonautomated Data Collection
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Sophia I. Gatowski Ph.D. ; Shirley Dobbin Ph.D.
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2008
Page Count: 48
  Annotation: This volume of the toolkit explains how to use nonautomated data collection methods, such as review, court observation, interviews, and focus groups, to complete the performance measurement picture on child abuse and neglect cases.
Abstract: Some courts may lack automated systems for gathering performance measurement data on abuse and neglect cases. Even with adequate automation resources, certain performance measures may not be captured via automated systems. A set of tools were developed that assess court performance in child abuse and neglect cases, and can be used to collect data nationally; they also can be tailored by individual courts to make them compatible with a court’s individual measurement needs and ability to collect data. Four tools discussed in this guide include: (1) case file review form; (2) court observation hearing code sheets; (3) expert opinion focus group guide; and (4) interview and questionnaire forms. This guide, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), provides the reader with instructions about how to use these tools to measure court performance. Each chapter is devoted to a specific instrument and describes the purpose of the instrument, provides tips on how to use it, and explains how the data collected can assess court performance on a national level. This volume is one of five in a toolkit designed and tested to provide practical and comprehensive guidance to the critical task of measuring court performance in child abuse and neglect cases. Appendixes A-C
Main Term(s): Child abuse and neglect hearings
Index Term(s): Court reorganization ; Data collection devices ; Testing and measurement ; Program evaluation ; Questionnaires ; Evaluation techniques ; Evaluation criteria ; Data collection ; Court reform ; Evaluation utilization ; OJJDP grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
United States of America

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2003-JS-FX-K008;90XW0008
Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Downloaded on March 4, 2009. See NCJ-223567-68 and NCJ-223571 for additional volumes in the toolkit.
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