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NCJ Number: 51959 Find in a Library
Title: EVALUATION PERSPECTIVES IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATION (FROM EVALUATING FEDERALLY SPONSORED PROGRAMS, 1978, BY CHARLOTTE C RENTZ AND R ROBERT RENTZ - SEE NCJ-51956)
Author(s): R B SWISHER
Corporate Author: Jossey-Bass Publishers
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Jossey-Bass Publishers
San Francisco, CA 94103-1741
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PROGRAM EVALUATION METHODS WHICH LEAA USES TO GET MORE INFORMATION OF GREATER RELEVANCE AND UTILITY ARE DESCRIBED. THE VARYING PERSPECTIVES ON EVALUATION THAT EXISTS WITHIN LEAA ARE ALSO DISCUSSED.
Abstract: FOLLOWING A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATION'S FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, THE AGENCY'S EVALUATION STRATEGIES ARE EXAMINED. A RATHER COMPLEX EVALUATION APPROACH IS USED BECAUSE, IN ADDITION TO ASCERTAINING A PROGRAM'S EFFECTIVENESS, LEAA MUST ALSO GENERATE KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY WHICH CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THIS MEANS EVERY LEAA EVALUATION HAS A KNOWLEDGE GOAL, A MANAGEMENT GOAL, AND A DEVELOPMENT GOAL. EXCERPTS FROM A MONOGRAPH ARE QUOTED TO ILLUSTRATE LEAA'S POSITION ON EVALUATIONS. THE AGENCY'S EVALUATIVE RESEARCH IS USED BY SIX TYPES OF PERSONS: THOSE INTERESTED IN THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE, THOSE WHO MUST MAKE POLICY AND PROGRAM DECISIONS, THOSE INVOLVED WITH A PROGRAM WHO MUST IMPROVE OPERATIONS, THOSE WHO WISH TO REPLICATE A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT AND NEED DOCUMENTATION AND OPERATIONS DESCRIPTIONS, THOSE WHO DEVELOP EVALUATION MEASURES AND METHODS, AND EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE BODIES INTERESTED IN ACCOUNTABILITY. STEPS LEAA IS TAKING TO IMPROVE EVALUATION PROGRAM RESULTS ARE DESCRIBED, INCLUDING RIGOROUS APPLICATION OF A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT MODEL TO THE DESIGN, TESTING AND DEMONSTRATION OF PROGRAMS, BETTER DOCUMENTATION TO AID REPLICATION, GREATER USE OF PROCESS EVALUATION, USE OF MINIEXPERIMENTS WITHIN BROAD AND COMPLEX PROGRAMS, A DECISION-THEORETIC APPROACH TO MAJOR EVALUATIONS, AND INTEGRATION OF THE HYPOTHESIS-TESTING EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN INTO THE PRACTICAL TROUBLE-SHOOTING APPROACH ASSOCIATED WITH OPERATIONS RESEARCH. REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Planning; Program evaluation; Technology transfer
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