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Title: NATIONAL EVALUATION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE CENTERS FIELD TEST - WORK PLAN
Author(s): D I SHEPPARD; R F COOK; J A ROEHL
Corporate Author: Institute for Research
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 129
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Research
Reston, VA 22090
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78NI-AX-0012
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE CENTER CONCEPT IS DISCUSSED, AND A WORK PLAN FOR THE EVALUATION OF THREE SUCH CENTERS IN GEORGIA, MISSOURI, AND CALIFORNIA IS PRESENTED.
Abstract: THE USE OF THE COURTS TO PROCESS DISPUTES PRESENTS SEVERAL PROBLEMS, THE MOST SALIENT OF WHICH ARE LIMITED ACCESS AND UTILIZATION, DELAYS AND DISMISSALS, INAPPROPRIATE USE OF ADJUDICATION, AND THE CENTRALIZED BUREAUCRATIC AGENCY. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE CENTER CONCEPT BEGAN WITH THE RECOGNITION OF THESE PROBLEMS, AND A PILOT PROGRAM WAS INITIATED IN RESPONSE TO CRITICAL DIFFICULTIES IN THE PROCESSING OF DISPUTES. KEY ISSUES IN CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND THE PILOT PROGRAM WERE ACCESS AND UTILIZATION, EFFICIENCY AND SATISFACTION WITH THE DISPUTE PROCESS, THE DEGREE OF COERCION, IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY, AND CENTER POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. THE STRUCTURE AND ACTIVITIES OF NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE CENTERS IN ATLANTA, GA., KANSAS CITY, MO., AND LOS ANGELES, CALIF., ARE DETAILED. FEATURES OF THE WORK PLAN TO EVALUATE THESE CENTERS IN FIELD TESTING ARE DECISIONMAKING UTILITY, PARTICIPATION AND FEEDBACK, EVALUATION AND ANALYSIS, AND EMPHASIS ON IMPLEMENTATION AND PROCESS DATA. IMPLEMENTATION, PROCESS, IMPACT, AND COST STUDIES ARE COMPONENTS OF THE EVALUATIVE WORK PLAN. OBJECTIVES AND METHODOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF EACH STUDY ARE SPECIFIED. THE APPROACH TO EVALUATION INVOLVES THE APPLICATION OF DECISION AND THEORETICAL TECHNIQUES AND THE USE OF RIGOROUS EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS WHERE POSSIBLE. A SCHEDULE OF THE EVALUATION PROJECT'S MAJOR MILESTONES AND SAMPLE DATA COLLECTION INSTRUMENTS ARE INCLUDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): California; Evaluation techniques; Georgia (USA); Missouri; Neighborhood justice centers; Program evaluation
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