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  NCJ Number: NCJ 196552   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Understanding Community Justice Partnerships: Assessing the Capacity To Partner
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Caterina Gouvis Roman ; Gretchen E. Moore ; Susan Jenkins ; Kevonne M. Small
  Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
United States of America
  Date Published: 05/2002
  Page Count: 172
  Annotation: This report synthesizes knowledge obtained from a literature review and consultation with other researchers and practitioners about factors that may affect a community's ability to organize, mobilize, and build capacity to serve as an active partner with criminal justice agencies in preventing and countering crime.
  Abstract: The core of the report is the development of a conceptual framework designed to improve understanding of community justice partnership processes. The components of the framework include member characteristics that influence partnership characteristics; partnership characteristics or dimensions that are related to outcomes; goals, problem domains, and objectives; activities; and outcomes at the community, individual, and family and systems levels. The report first presents the definitions of key ideas and concepts within the partnership framework to clarify the boundaries of each. This is followed by the presentation of a useful typology of organizations, so as to distinguish frontline agencies from funders and the traditional power holders. Using the definitions and the organization typology as a starting point, the report then discusses the role of community organizations and the importance of their involvement in increasing informal social control in the community. The report next examines the characteristics of community organization that are important for the development of the capacity to partner for community justice initiatives. The characteristics of leadership, resources, and orientation were identified as the key in effective organizational participation. The report also discusses dimensions of partnerships that enable useful descriptions of partnership capacity, such as lead agency type, structural complexity, readiness, horizontal and vertical integration, and resources. The report concludes with recommendations for future research. 5 tables, 3 figures, and 234 references
  Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
  Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation ; Community involvement ; Organization development ; Organizational theories ; NIJ grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: OJP-99-C-010
  Sale Source: The Urban Institute
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  Type: Issue Overview
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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