skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 213252   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Measuring Collaboration in Criminal Justice Problem Solving Projects
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Myra Wall Downing
Date Published: 06/2005
Page Count: 123
  Annotation: This study evaluated four criminal justice projects using a collaborative approach to community safety.
Abstract: Overall the results of the evaluation suggested that criminal justice agencies could collaborate effectively. The findings indicated that all five dimensions of collaboration did not need to be present for a successful collaboration. Specifically, it was discovered that while a shared vision was important, it was not a requirement of successful collaboration. However, the joint development of structure and responsibilities was essential for collaboration, as was trust, a shared authority, and shared decisionmaking. Finally, open and direct collaboration was an important requirement for successful collaboration. The evaluation study focused on discovering the conditions under which criminal justice collaboration either flourished or languished in four criminal justice projects using five dimensions of collaboration as a measurement guide: (1) jointly defined purpose and commitment to work as a team; (2) use of interagency problem solving through the collaboration of roles and responsibilities; (3) balance of authority and mutual responsibility; (4) development and maintenance of formal and informal methods for frequent and flexible communication; and (5) formation of trusting relationships by confronting and resolving conflict. A matrix was developed to guide the coding degrees of collaboration along the five dimensions. A case study methodology was employed that utilized several sources of data, including official documents, interviews with project members, and survey responses of project members regarding their perceptions on the degree of collaboration throughout the planning and implementation of the project. Future research should examine whether collaboration is more appropriate for some types of work over others. Tables, diagrams, appendixes, references
Main Term(s): Interagency cooperation
Index Term(s): Criminal justice program evaluation ; Problem-Oriented Policing ; 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: 2002-IJ-CX-0024
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
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.