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  NCJ Number: NCJ 158836     Find in a Library
  Title: Implementing Performance-Based Measures in Community Corrections, Research in Brief
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Author(s): H N Boone Jr ; B A Fulton
  Corporate Author: American Probation and Parole Assoc
The Council of State Government
United States of America
  Date Published: 1996
  Page Count: 7
  Series: NIJ Research in Brief
  Annotation: This report presents a model process for community corrections agencies' strategic planning and evaluation that relies on performance-based measures.
  Abstract: This report is based on the concept that performance-based measures could provide agencies with a mechanism for assessing what they do and how well they do it. The model proposed by the American Probation and Parole Association is a five-step process. The steps are to clarify values, define agency mission, develop organizational goals, implement activities to meet agency goals, and evaluate performance. It is expected that this process will better assess activities (e.g., treatment and services, surveillance, enforcement) that define the profession. It also provides a clear differentiation between long-term goals, such as reduced recidivism, and short-term objectives, such as increased probation completion rate. The model promotes "results-oriented management" through establishment of benchmarks and standards on which to base organizational improvement and judge success or failure. Further, it creates a learning environment that contributes to organizational growth through structured feedback and continuous monitoring and evaluation. The use of performance- based measures enables community-based corrections agencies to compete successfully for limited public funds by demonstrating agency value. 5 exhibits and 10 notes
  Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult)
  Index Term(s): Probation or parole services ; Evaluation techniques ; Evaluative research ; Evaluation measures
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
United States of America
  Grant Number: 93-IJ-CX-0004
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Evaluation
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: National Institute of Justice Research in Brief, June 1996.
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