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NCJ Number: 156117 Find in a Library
Title: Performance Standards: What Are They, What Will They Do?
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1995)  Pages:156-160
Author(s): J D Lehman; L G Myers
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1994, the Standards Committee of the American Correctional Association (ACA) launched a program to review ACA's standards and to recommend modifications consistent with the concept of performance management.
Abstract: The first step was to develop common definitions that the field can use to generate realistic expectations from programs and activities and to establish criteria for measuring performance against those expectations. The Committee defined performance-based standards, performance measures, outcome criteria, and process criteria. In addition, the Committee decided the measurements should measure outcomes and processes but distinguish between the two, should be important to corrections managers, should use data that are relatively easy and inexpensive to collect, and should provide interpretable results. Examples from existing ACA standards demonstrate how performance-based standards can be developed.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): American Correctional Association (ACA); Corrections standards; Performance requirements
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