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NCJ Number: 72319 Find in a Library
Title: Washington State's New Juvenile Code, 1 -Implementation Assessment Design - HB 371
Author(s): R Elmore
Corporate Author: University of Washington
JD 45 National Ctr for the Assessment of Delinquent Behavior and Its
United States of Americ
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
US Dept of Justice
Grant Number: 77JN990017
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 describes work aimed at the development of an implementation assessment design for Washington State's juvenile justice reform law, House Bill 371.
Abstract: From July to October 1978, a group at the Institute of Governmental Research at the University of Washington undertook the project. It was not completed, but the conceptual work and field research generated useful ideas about implementation assessment. Social program analyses which focus on outcomes seldom describe the process by which programs come to succeed or fail and do not tell policymakers or administrators what needs to be done to improve program performance. Implementation assessment tracks the process of translating policy into practice, however, and clarifies the relationship between administrative actions and program outcomes. The implementation assessment design for the juvenile code was separated into four areas: legislative history, start-up activities, mapping the delivery system, and outcomes. Basic principles to be applied included basing and assessment on a fairly thorough understanding of legislative intent and program operations and basing assessments on statements of intent, descriptions of process, and statements of outcomes that come directly from participants. All administrative units involved in implementing the law should be identified; and a detailed set of questions, organized by role, should be asked of the implementors. The questions should be constructed both out of the basic prescriptions provided by the legislation and out of general issues of implementation. In the process, basic assessment issues of a substantive nature should be considered. These include compliance with legislative intent versus the capacity in resources for compliance; the structure of the social services system versus its effectiveness of operation; and the manner in which the prior system is adjusted to the new requirements. Attachments include additional information on assessment tasks, and an appendix containing background notes. A diversion flow chart is provided. For related reports, see NCJ 72320-3.
Index Term(s): Juvenile codes; Program evaluation; Program implementation; Program monitoring; State laws; Washington
Note: Part one of a five - part series.
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