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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $499,905)
This project will evaluate the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) State and Federal Clinics, System Demonstration Project that was funded by OVC. The NCVLI state and federal clinics are intended to promote awareness, education and enforcement of crime victim's rights. The clinics were conceived as a response to the fact that, in spite of burgeoning victim rights legislation in all states, many victims do not, in practice, have the opportunity to exercise rights to notification, allocution, and written impact statement that they are entitled to under law.
The RAND Corporation will conduct an evaluation of the NCVLI state and federal clinics. An initial phase of work will involve a process evaluation that will feature a case study of NCVLI and the nine clinics. The process evaluation will examine with clinic staff the logic model that guided the clinic's activities. The revised models would then guide the planning of impact studies in the second phase of work. The first phase of work will also include an analysis of any changes on state victim right statutes that have occurred in the states where the clinics reside. In the second phase of the work, which would be funded as a supplement to the first phase, RAND would conduct theory-based evaluations of the effects that the clinics have had on enforcement of victim rights in the criminal justice system in the states and the localities where they are based. This phase of work would be based on the clinic logic models refined during the earlier phase of work. The impact evaluation would assess the impact of the clinics on the individual level, the system level, and the community level.
The RAND Corporation and National Center for Victims of Crime will build on current work evaluating the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) victim rights clinics by assessing how the clinics affect the observance of victim rights by court officials. The clinics were conceived as a response to the fact that, in spite of extensive victim rights legislation in all states, many victims still are not receiving the rights they are entitled to under law. The NCVLI clinics provide attorneys to represent victims in court, hold trainings for court officials on victim rights issues, and attempt to promote appellate decisions affecting victim rights.
The process evaluation that was conducted in phase 1 of this project examined how the clinics have been implemented, problems they have had to overcome, and how different clinic models affect the work they do. The impact evaluation to be conducted in phase 2, will examine the extent to which victims have increased acceptance and observance of victim rights by court officials using a variety of methods.
The methods include: (a) comparing satisfaction with the criminal justice process between clients of clinics and a sample victims not represented by clinic attorneys; (b) comparing the extent to which victim rights were observed prior to the start of the clinic with observance in clinic cases and current cases not represented by clinic attorneys, (c) comparing attitudes of criminal justice officials toward victim rights before and after the clinic began and media coverage of victim rights before and after the clinic began; (d) examining how the work of the clinics have resulted in new victim rights case law, court rules, and legislation; and (e) assessing the success of clinics in developing ways of sustaining themselves above and beyond the OVC grant through NCVLI.