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  NCJ Number: NCJ 243834     Find in a Library
  Title: Evaluability Assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Model, Site Report: COSA Durham
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D. ; Gary Zajac, Ph.D. ; Courtney A. Meyer, M.A.
  Date Published: 07/2013
  Page Count: 27
  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): Volunteer programs ; Social conditions ; Socially challenged ; Sex offenders ; Social organization ; Socialization ; Post-release programs ; Corrections volunteers ; NIJ final report ; North Carolina ; Reentry ; Restorative Justice
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2012-IJ-CX-0008
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Evaluation ; Grants and Funding
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: For the cross-site report, see NCJ-243832; for other site reports, see NCJ-243833 and NCJ-243835-37.
   
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