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NCJ Number: 156914 Find in a Library
Title: Reinventing Granite: A Reflection on an Evaluation of Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Task Force in Missouri
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:137-146
Author(s): J F Gilinan; M R Domahidy
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article uses a qualitative evaluation of 30 multijurisdictional undercover narcotics task forces to illustrate how a constructivist perspective influenced both program operation and evaluation.
Abstract: The problem construction cycle consists of five steps: formation of a belief frame that permits a clear problem articulation supportive of innovation; expansion of the belief to others who can commit existing organizational resources to the innovation; formalization of the belief system through a new organizational structure; maintenance of linkages to the existing structure through displays of success; and reinforcement of the original belief system. This cycle forms a closed system so that the generative belief is not easily available for critical examination. The policies of the war on drugs are used to illustrate how the constructive process works. The authors discuss opportunities for sharing the results of interpretive, constructivist insights among managers, policy makers, and academics attempting to bring about systematic change. 22 references
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Program evaluation
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