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NCJ Number: 30596 Find in a Library
Title: EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROGRAM TO COMPENSATE THE VICTIMS OF CRIME (FROM VICTIMOLOGY - A NEW FOCUS, V 2 - SOCIETY'S REACTION TO VICTIMIZATION, 1974 BY ISRAEL DRAPKIN AND EMIOLO VIANO - SEE NCJ-15541)
Author(s): D CHAPPELL; L P SUTTON
Corporate Author: Lexington Books
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A DISCUSSION OF THE RATIONALE AND NEED FOR EVALUATION AND TESTING OF VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAMS, WITH AN EXAMINATION OF THE PROBLEMS IN EVALUATION CAUSED BY THE VARIABLE GOALS OF VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAMS.
Abstract: THE AUTHORS STATE THAT THE MAJOR JUSTIFICATIONS FOR VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAMS APPEAR TO FALL INTO FOUR PRINCIPAL HEADINGS - SOCIAL WELFARE, SOCIAL CONTRACT, SYMBOLIC, AND INSTRUMENTAL. SEVERAL STANDARD DIMENSIONS WHICH CHARACTERIZE THE OPERATION OF ALL COMPENSATION PROGRAMS ARE IDENTIFIED. THE AUTHORS STATE THAT THESE DIMENSIONS MAY ALL BE USED IN THE DESCRIPTION AND EVALUATION OF ANY GIVEN PROGRAM. THE AUTHORS THEN DISCUSS HOW THE APPROPRIATENESS OF EACH OF THESE DIMENSIONS TO THE TASK OF EVALUATION WILL VARY AS A FUNCTION OF THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE DECISION ABOUT THE APPROPRIATE MEASURES OF PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS AND CONSEQUENTLY THE CONCLUSIONS ABOUT PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS - ARE LARGELY DETERMINED BY THE EVALUATOR'S ASSESSMENT OF OR ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT PROGRAM GOALS AND APPROPRIATE PARAMETERS OF EVALUATION. PROBLEMS IN QUANTIFYING THESE VARIABLES ARE ALSO DISCUSSED.
Index Term(s): Evaluation measures; Evaluation techniques; Evaluative research; Objectives; Program evaluation; Victim compensation
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