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Title: Performance Measurement in a Correctional Program
Author(s): G D Gottfredson
Corporate Author: Johns Hopkins Injury Prevention Ctr
Johns Hopkins University
School of Public Health
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 168
Sponsoring Agency: Johns Hopkins Injury Prevention Ctr
Baltimore, MD 21205
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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Grant Number: 84-IJ-CS-0022
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The researcher and corrections practitioners used the program development evaluation (PDE) method to specify, measure, and provide feedback about implementation standards in a multifaceted rehabilitation program in two North Carolina facilities for youthful offenders.
Abstract: The PDE method entails the use of a special language that focuses attention on the appropriateness of interventions and the specification and measurement of performance indicators and short-term outputs. Emphasis is placed on participatory goal-setting, using the knowledge of workers and their direct supervisors to identify obstacles to and solutions needed for implementing performance standards. The project resulted in the development of standards for case management in the Vocational Delivery System Program. The standards included activities to promote residents' adherence to correctional plans, procedures for changing plans, and documentation. Others dealt with continuation of training following completion of the formal program, transition planning, and preparations for residents' release. Overall results indicate that PDE provides a method for developing standards of correctional worker performance in several areas and that application of the standards and measurement of performance can result in improved performance and resident participation in programmatic activities. Results indicate that factors other than clarity about expected behavior and feedback on performance, particularly administrative and external factors, also can influence worker performance. Standards and forms are appended. Figures, footnotes, and 31 references.
Main Term(s): Corrections standards
Index Term(s): Juvenile program evaluation; Juvenile vocational training; North Carolina; Performance requirements; Program implementation
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