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Title: Evaluation of Victim Witness Assistance Projects - Where Do We Go From Here? (From Special National Workshop - Criminal Justice Program Evaluation - Selected Workshop Papers - Criminal Justice Research Utilization Program, P 7-23, 1981, Elizabeth Scullin, ed. - See NCJ-75712)
Author(s): R C Cronin
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: J-LEAA-020-78
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Findings and implications are presented from a study that described current victim/witness assistance efforts across the country, examined how well they are meeting objectives, identified gaps in knowledge about projects, and suggested approaches for filling gaps.
Abstract: Findings show that most of the working assumptions about the intermediate and longer range effects of victim/witness assistance projects are plausible assumptions, buttressed by anecdotes, but with weak or nonexistent support from systematic research and evaluation. For all project types (victim, witness, and victim-witness), good cross-site comparisons of process and impact, using uniform measures, are needed, and good single-site evaluations are still needed in the victim assistance area. At least two variations of victim project intervention deserve a comparative test: victim services with an onscene crisis intervention component and victim services without onscene intervention. Similarly, there are some major variations in witness services that should be examined: those projects or components providing notification services only; those projects supplementing notification with appearance support, restitution, counseling, and the like, and those jurisdictions in which no special witness services exist. A longitudinal study of the institutionalization experience of local victim/witness assistance efforts could provide many insights as well. Tabular data, 5 footnotes, and a selected bibliography of approximately 50 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Data collections; Evaluation of evaluation; Evaluative research; Victim program evaluation; Victim services; Victim-witness programs; Witness assistance
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