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Title: Evaluation of the Teens, Crime and the Community and Community Works Program
Author(s): Finn-Aage Esbensen
Date Published: June 2009
Page Count: 245
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2003-JN-FX-0003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of the process and outcome evaluation of the school-based Teens, Crime, and the Community and Community Works (TCC/CW) program, which is a law-related classroom curriculum intended to prevent teen victimization and delinquency; engage youth in education and positive action; increase knowledge about crime, victimization, and crime prevention; and increase bonds between youth and community and school.
Abstract: The process evaluation determined that of the 15 schools in 9 cities in 4 States, only 4 of the schools complied with the minimum standards for how the program was to be implemented. The process evaluation found that the TCC/CW training generally failed to provide trainees with the necessary skills for teaching the program, and approximately 100 observations of classroom program delivery concluded that the program was not adequately implemented in terms of dosage, program adherence, and quality. Consequently, it was not surprising that the outcome evaluation, based on three data waves of student surveys, found an absence of the intended program effects. Given these disappointing results of the process and outcome evaluation, a change in evaluation design was proposed. One strategy of the redesigned evaluation was to focus on reasons for failure in program implementation, and a second strategy maximized the student data already collected by preparing several additional papers on the program's impact on diverse student populations (age and ethnicity). The process evaluation consisted of interviews, questionnaires, and observations of training and program delivery. The outcome evaluation involved a quasi-experimental five-wave panel study of public school students that began in the fall of 2004. Approximately 1,700 students representing 98 classrooms in the 15 schools were surveyed 3 times with pretests and posttests as well as a 1-year follow-up survey. 8 tables, 53 references, and 6 appendixes with supplementary information and evaluation tools
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Law-related education; NIJ final report; Program implementation; School delinquency programs
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