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Building Bridges: A Correctional Option Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $586,762)


The objective of this project is to assess the program effectiveness, cost benefits, and potential program transferability of Bureau of Justice Assistance discretionary funds projects. The applicant (in partnership with Urban Institute and the University of TN, Knoxville) proposes to design and implement a three-year evaluation with adult probationers and parolees in the Chattanooga Endeavors employment-focused reentry program. Data will be collected and analyzed fro program completers and non-completers and a matched comparison group. The three-tiered evaluation approach includes (1) an implementation assessment; (2) an outcome assessment, which will assess data related to recidivism, probation/parole completion, full-time employment, family reintegration, and selected psychosocial measures such as motivation to change; and (3) a cost-benefit analysis. Data will be collected through 10-12 site visits in the first, fourth, seventh and tenth quaters of the evaluation and as needed. During these visits, the evaluators will conduct interviews with program staff/stakeholders and review program records. Data will be collected from state justice records, county employment records, and probation/parole officers. One or more focus groups with program clients may also be conducted. The sample size will consist of approximately 232 program completers, 268 program dropouts, and 400 matched controls. Qualitative methods will be used to analyze the process data and descriptive statistics, ANOVA and regression modeling will be used to analyze outcome data.


Date Created: September 23, 2003