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Advocating for Victim Rights: An Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute State and Federal Clinics

Award Information

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Awardee County
Los Angeles
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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

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.


Date Created: September 13, 2007