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NCJ Number: 32815 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: EVALUATING THE PERFORMANCE OF A GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURE THE CASE OF CONTRACT LAW ENFORCEMENT
Author(s): S L MEHAY
Corporate Author: University of California, Los Angeles
Institute of Government and Public Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 69
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY DESCRIBES EFFORTS TO DEVELOP USEFUL CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING THE RELATIVE PERFORMANCE OF ALTERNATIVE MUNICIPAL SERVICES DELIVERY SYSTEMS: IN THIS CASE, CONTRACT LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
Abstract: THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO DESCRIBE THE GENERAL EVALUATIVE CRITERIA AND TO APPLY THEM SPECIFICALLY TO POLICE SERVICES, BOTH AS AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED AND AS A DEVICE FOR COMPARING THE CONTRACT SYSTEM WITH SELF-PROVISION OF POLICE SERVICES THROUGH A CITY DEPARTMENT. IN THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS REPORT, THE RELEVANT CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING SERVICE DELIVERY THROUGH ALTERNATIVE STRUCTURES ARE PRESENTED AND DISCUSSED ALONG WITH A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE 'EVALUATION' LITERATURE. THE EMPIRICAL INDICATORS NECESSARY FOR ASSESSING THE PERFORMANCE OF CONTRACT LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE THEN PRESENTED. TWO SEPARATE STRATEGIES WERE PURSUED TO DEVELOP THE NECESSARY INFORMATION TO EVALUATE THE MULTIPLE FACETS OF THE CONTRACT STRUCTURE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES. FIRST, DATA WERE COLLECTED ON VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF PERFORMANCE AND CONVENTIONAL STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES WERE EMPLOYED TO ANALYZE THE DATA. SECOND, POLICE CHIEFS, CHOSEN FROM INDEPENDENT CITIES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COUNTIES WHERE COUNTY CONTRACTING IS PREVALENT, WERE INTERVIEWED. THE RESULTS ARE COMPARED WITH THE STATISTICAL RESULTS. FINALLY, SOME TRENDS IN THE CONTRACT LAW ENFORCEMENT PLAN ARE DISCUSSED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): California; Contract law enforcement; Evaluation; Evaluation criteria; Evaluation measures; Evaluation techniques; Program evaluation
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