Program evaluation is a vital part of the ongoing improvement and integrity in criminal justice processes and policies. With many initiatives and programs being implemented within criminal justice organizations, the evaluation process can help determine the effectiveness of the intervention and the return on investment of public or private funding. In this summative assessment, you explore and analyze the importance of evaluation for criminal justice programs by looking at a specific program in a criminal justice organization.
Select a criminal justice program that would be subject to evaluation. It can be from any state, local, or federal organization. Use the weekly readings, the internet, and the University Library in your search. Examples of programs include a local bodycam initiative or state-level juvenile rehabilitation program.
Write a 700- to 875-word paper in which you do the following:
Describe the criminal justice program you selected.
Identify the purpose of evaluation for your chosen criminal justice program, including why it would be of importance to the organization.
Explain the impact of policy on your chosen criminal justice program.
Describe the process for evaluating your chosen program.
Identify data to collect during program evaluation that would demonstrate the effectiveness of your chosen program.
Describe what you may expect from an evaluation of your chosen program.
Format your paper according to APA guidelines.