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NCJ Number: 32898 Find in a Library
Title: HOW EFFECTIVE ARE VOLUNTEERS - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Journal: CRIME AND DELINQUENCY  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL 1976)  Pages:192-200
Author(s): F P SCIOLI; T J COOK
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Newark, NJ 07102
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: REVIEW OF MAJOR FINDINGS ON FORMAL METHODS OF REHABILITATION IN THE COURTS AND CORRECTIONS AND COMPARISON WITH RATINGS OF EFFECTIVENESS ASSIGNED TO AN INFORMAL METHOD, THE USE OF VOLUNTEERS.
Abstract: AN EVALUATION WAS MADE OF OVER 250 REPORTS, MONOGRAPHS, MEMOS, PURPORTING TO EVALUATE VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS. EACH STUDY WAS ANALYZED FOR (1) SPECIFICITY OF PROGRAM STRUCTURE, (2) RELIABILITY AND VALIDITY OF THE MEASUREMENT PROCEDURES EMPLOYED, (3) STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE RESEARCH DESIGN, AND (4) UTILITY OF THE EVALUATION RESULTS FOR POLICY RELATIVE TO DECISIONMAKING. ONLY TEN REPORTS DEALING WITH IMPACT ON CLIENTS WERE FOUND TO HAVE POLICY UTILITY. VOLUNTEERS WERE FOUND TO BE AT LEAST AS EFFECTIVE IN ACCOMPLISHING THEIR OBJECTIVES (REDUCING RECIDIVISM, IMPROVING SELF-CONCEPT, AS FORMAL METHODS OF REHABILITATING OFFENDERS. SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS OF RESEARCH ARE OFFERED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Court volunteers; Evaluation; Evaluation of evaluation; Volunteer programs; Volunteers
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