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NCJ Number: 44494 Find in a Library
Title: THREE FACES OF EVALUATION - WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED TO WORK
Journal: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR  Volume:4  Issue:4  Dated:(DECEMBER 1977)  Pages:341-354
Author(s): H C QUAY
Corporate Author: American Assoc of Correctional Psychologists
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: American Assoc of Correctional Psychologists
Marysville, OH 43040
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE FAILURE OF RESEARCHERS TO CONSIDER PROGRAM INTEGRITY IN EVALUATING INTERVENTION EFFORTS IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS IS EXAMINED.
Abstract: EVALUATIONS OF INTERVENTION PROGRAMS CONCENTRATE ON THE ADEQUACY OF RESEARCH DESIGN AND THE SPECIFICATION OF OUTCOME, WHILE TENDING TO IGNORE THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROGRAMS BEING EVALUATED. ASSESSMENT OF PROGRAM INTEGRITY INVOLVES INFORMATION ON THE ADEQUACY OF THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF TREATMENT; THE DURATION AND INTENSITY OF THE PROGRAM; THE QUALITY AND NUMBER OF PERSONNEL; AND THE MATCH OF TREATMENT, TREATER, AND TREATED. A LARGE-SCALE STUDY OF THE EFFICACY OF GROUP COUNSELING, CONDUCTED IN 1971, EMPLOYED EXEMPLARY RESEARCH DESIGN AND PROVIDED CONSIDERABLE INFORMATION ON PROGRAM INTEGRITY. DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE STUDY DEMONSTRATES HOW THE LACK OF PROGRAM INTEGRITY MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO DRAW CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF THE INTERVENTION. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT CONTINUED LACK OF ATTENTION TO PROGRAM INTEGRITY WILL LEAD TO CONTINUED, GENERALLY UNPRODUCTIVE DEBATE ABOUT 'WHAT WORKS.' IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT TECHNIQUES BE DEVELOPED FOR THE OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE ELEMENTS OF PROGRAM INTEGRITY FOR COMMONLY USED TREATMENT STRATEGIES IN CORRECTIONS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED).
Index Term(s): Evaluation techniques; Evaluative research; Inmate Programs; Program evaluation; Research methods; Treatment
Note: THIS PAPER WAS FIRST DELIVERED AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE EVALUATION, WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 22-24, 1977
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