Strategies for Measuring Program Impact

in Changing Lives

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226307190
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307237 | DOI:
Strategies for Measuring Program Impact

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This chapter reviews a number of measures and their attributes that have been used as outcome measures of delinquency prevention. It takes a critical look at the traditional types of research designs used to assess the impacts of interventions to see how well they do in delinquency prevention settings. The chapter also examines various strategies and techniques for summarizing and categorizing the existing research literature, and restating the results—an undertaking that has become a growth industry within the prevention field, producing an alphabet soup of conflicting claims and results. The usual proxy measures for crime or delinquency are arrests, referrals, convictions, or placements. More complete but also much more expensive measures that are sometimes used are based on self-reports or on the reports of observers (such as teachers) of behaviors that include criminal or delinquent acts, fighting, and drug use.

Keywords: delinquency prevention; proxy measures; drug use; self-reports

Chapter.  8125 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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