Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $438,065)
This process, impact and cost-benefit (CBA) evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center (RHCJC) is designed to provide previously unavailable information on community court programs. Process measures include implementation fidelity, program history, operations and outputs. Ethnographic methods will be applied to systematically investigate participant experiences and community engagement efforts through innovative sampling, interviews, and focus groups. Quasi-experimental analysis will compare samples of RHCJC participants in Criminal and Family Court to counterfactual downtown Brooklyn Criminal and Family Courts cases; propensity score matching and oversampling cases ordered to long-term substance abuse treatment will be applied to recidivism data from the New York State Statistical Analysis Center. The CBA will estimate add-on costs, start-up costs, and the value of benefits to assess cost effectiveness and recommend efficiencies. Work products include a community court program logic model. CA/NCF
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