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NCJ Number: 66851 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: COST-EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS OF THE OTTAWA (CANADA) VOLUNTEER PROGRAM, 1974-1975
Author(s): J J KIESSLING
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 86
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THE OTTAWA PROGRAM, WHICH USES VOLUNTEERS AS ASSISTANT PROBATION OFFICERS, IS EVALUATED BY MEANS OF COST-EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS.
Abstract: THE STUDY IS PLACED IN THE CONTEXT OF A RESEARCH SERIES EXPLORING THE THEORETICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE DESIGN WITHIN WHICH VOLUNTEERS AND PROFESSIONAL PROBATION OFFICERS WORK TOGETHER IN THE OTTAWA PROGRAM. THE FIRST PART OF THE STUDY PRESENTS CHARTS AND FIGURES ON THE DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STAFF, PROFESSIONAL WORKLOAD STATISTICS OF THE PERIOD UNDER STUDY, RECIDIVISM DATA FOR PROBATIONERS TREATED BY VOLUNTEERS AND BY PROFESSIONALS, AND THE RATE OF VOLUNTEERS FLOW. IN THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS, THE STUDY DOES NOT COMPARE TWO SEPARATE PROGRAMS (ONE VOLUNTEER AND ONE PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERS WORK TOGETHER IN A VARIETY OF ROLES. THE ANALYSIS CONTAINS TABLES ON THE DOLLAR-VALUE OF VOLUNTEER WORK, AND EXPENSES INCURRED BY VOLUNTEERS. RESULTS INDICATE THAT EVEN IN THE RELATIVELY INEFFICIENT PERIOD IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE VOLUNTEERS' HOURLY COST WAS NOT MORE THAN THE LOWEST PROFESSIONAL WAGE. THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN EFFICIENCY BETWEEN 1974 AND 1975. HOWEVER, ONE NEEDS TO CONSIDER THE MULTIPLE OUTCOMES OF THE PROBATION PROGRAM BEYOND THE MONETARY VALUE TO ACCURATELY ASSESS ITS EFFECTIVENESS. A BIBLIOGRAPHY, ADDITIONAL DATA, AND MODELS FOR COOPERATION BETWEEN PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE APPENDED. (SAJ)
Index Term(s): Canada; Cost effectiveness analysis; Effectiveness; Probation or parole officers; Program evaluation; Volunteer programs
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