Strengthening Evaluation Research: A Case Study of an Evaluability Assessment Conducted in a Carceral Setting

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Abstract

Over the last decade, criminal justice scholars have increasingly endorsed “evidence-based practices”; however, some criminologists have voiced concerns over the varied methodological rigor used by evaluation researchers, differing definitions of evidence, and lack of critical exploration as to why programs may be (in)effective. This article argues that evaluability assessments (EAs) can answer these concerns. Through a case study of an EA used on a prison-based fatherhood program, this article demonstrates how EA’s approach leads to a more precise understanding of outcome operationalization, and allows for the democratization of research, which is particularly important in a carceral setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3185-3200
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume62
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • evaluability assessment
  • evaluation
  • fatherhood
  • identity transformation
  • prison programming
  • reentry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

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