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NCJ Number: 166747 Find in a Library
Title: BEST Cycle V Evaluation Report
Corporate Author: Community Crime Prevention Associates
United States of America
Editor(s): K Howard
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 97
Sponsoring Agency: Community Crime Prevention Associates
San Jose, CA 95125
San Jose City Government
San Jose, CA 95150
Sale Source: Community Crime Prevention Associates
2402 Westgate Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report incorporates a descriptive evaluation, a process evaluation, and an outcome evaluation to assess San Jose's (California) BEST Cycle V Program's efforts to use community institutions and agencies to counter San Jose's gang problem.
Abstract: The descriptive evaluation describes the services contracted, the frequency of service provided, and the level of impact on clients of each of the BEST Cycle V Programs. The process evaluation documents the activities of the programs according to how each activity was organized, implemented, and provided to the community; it also analyzes the overall effectiveness of the program's allocation process. The outcome/impact evaluation compares the results of the program's outcomes and impact on clients served by the program. This component of the evaluation collected pre-data and post-data to assess the program's impact and client satisfaction. Evaluation findings show that contract service providers manifested a growing capacity to serve gang-involved youth. Forty-five percent of program funds were used to serve youth who were gang supporters to hard-core gang members. The contracted services demonstrated a good mix of service, as they involved 44 percent prevention services and 56 percent intervention services. The evaluators conclude that the services delivered were cost- effective and provided a much needed youth service. They commend the City of San Jose for developing a national model for the allocation of funds for direct services that target prevention, intervention, and suppression of gang activity. Recommendations for improvement are offered in the following areas: administration of data collection instruments; data collection from sources other than the client; definition of sample of clients and service cycles; redesign of the evaluation instrument; collaboration and incorporation of suggestions from the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Evaluation Task Force; and a focusing of evaluation indicators on specific client groups. 29 tables and appended evaluation instruments
Main Term(s): Gang Prevention
Index Term(s): California; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile/Youth Gangs
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