skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 64601 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: STUDY AND EVALUATION OF PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS FUNDED UNDER THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1965
Corporate Author: Georgetown University
Institute of Criminal Law and Procedure
United States of America
Project Director: S DASH
Date Published: 1971
Page Count: 1703
Sponsoring Agency: Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: 69-NI-039
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: THIS REPORT EVALUATES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS FUNDED UNDER THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1965, FOCUSING ON GRANTS AWARDED BY THE OFFICE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE (OLEA).
Abstract: THE REPORT ANALYZES THE PROCEDURES USED BY OLEA TO ENCOURAGE AND SCREEN GRANT PROPOSALS AND EVALUATES ITS EFFORTS TO DISSEMINATE THE FINDINGS OF THE NATIONAL CRIME COMMISSION AND OTHER RESEARCH ON LAW ENFORCEMENT. IT IS BASED ON INTERVIEWS WITH OLEA STAFF AND GRANT RECIPIENTS, DATA COLLECTED BY THESE RECIPIENTS, AND EVALUATIONS BY CONSULTANTS. ALMOST TWO-THIRDS OF THE $21 MILLION AWARDED BY OLEA DURING ITS 3-YEAR EXISTENCE WENT TO POLICE PROGRAMS DUE TO PERCEIVED POLITICAL PRESSURES. OLEA HAD A SMALL STAFF AND BUDGET, HAD LITTLE ADVANCED PLANNING OR RESEARCH, AND MADE FEW ATTEMPTS TO SUPPORT MAJOR INVESTIGATIONS OF THE DEFICIENCIES IN THE EXISTING CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. ALTHOUGH IT DEVELOPED ADEQUATE SCREENING PROCEDURES, OLEA RARELY EVALUATED PROJECT RESULTS AND ITS STAFF LACKED THE EXPERTISE TO JUDGE COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGICAL PROPOSALS. THE REPORT FINDS THAT OLEA PROGRAMS WERE INEFFECTIVE IN THE CATEGORIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING, LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENT, CORRECTIONS, COURTS AND PROSECUTION, CRIME PREVENTION, POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS, AND STATE STANDARDS AND TRAINING COMMISSIONS. THE REPORT CONCLUDES THAT OLEA LACKED CLEAR OBJECTIVES TO IMPROVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PROVIDED INSUFFICIENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION DISSEMINATION TO IMPLEMENT CHANGE. IT RECOMMENDS THAT LEAA CLEARLY DEFINE ITS VIEW OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE GOALS THROUGH COORDINATION OF RELATED PROJECTS, EVALUATION OF PROGRAMS, AND EXTENSIVE DISSEMINATION OF SUCCESSFUL INNOVATIONS. BECAUSE THIS EVALUATION FELL SHORT OF ITS GOAL SINCE DATA COLLECTION PROCEDURES WERE TOO SPARSE, IT RECOMMENDS THAT LEAA EVALUATION PROGRAMS CONCENTRATE ON SMALLER COMPONENTS OF THE AGENCY AND GENERATE MORE THOROUGH DATA. INCLUDED ARE EVALUATIONS OF 28 PROJECTS, SUMMARIES OF OVER 200 GRANTS, AND THE QUESTIONNAIRE SENT TO ALL GRANTEES. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--JLF)
Index Term(s): Evaluation of evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Federal programs; Grants or contracts; Office of Law Enforcement Assistance (OLEA); Policy analysis; Program evaluation
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=64601

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.