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NCJ Number: 201331 Find in a Library
Title: Developing a National Performance Measurement System
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:67  Issue:1  Dated:June 2003  Pages:37-40
Author(s): Kevin N. Wright Ph.D.
Editor(s): Ellen Wilson Fielding
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 4
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Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the need for the development of a National Performance Measurement System in corrections and describes an effort by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) to lay the groundwork for a national performance measurement system.
Abstract: The last two decades have seen initiatives undertaken throughout government at all levels to ensure that public agencies serve the public interests. Today, public accountability emphasizes results-oriented management. In the 1990's, several corrections departments began the development of outcome-based performance system of management. The success of these new management practices and systems led the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) to push for the development of an outcome-based performance measurement system at the national level. This article discusses the efforts of the ASCA in their attempt to lay the foundation in the building of a performance-based management system in institutional corrections and across jurisdictions nationally. A brief history of ASCA’s project to develop a performance measurement system is presented as well as a performance measurement model. This initial effort laid the basic groundwork for a national performance measurement system by identifying a set of correctional standards, developing key indicators for those standards, and by specifying rules for measurement of the key indicators, allowing for cross-jurisdictional collection of information. ASCA’s intent was to create a system that was manageable and parsimonious to ensure success in the first attempt in designing a national system. References
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Corrections personnel evaluation; Personnel evaluation; Program implementation; Program planning; Testing and measurement
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