This National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-funded project is a researcher-practitioner collaboration between the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), the National Crime Victims’ Law Institute (NCVLI), national experts, and three local programs, including the Arizona Voice for Crime Victims (AVCV).
The purpose of this project for the field is to establish a foundation for future rigorous evaluation that can inform and support excellence in victims’ rights enforcement work and other legal services for victims. The first component was the development of a conceptual model for victim legal services. A preliminary version of the model was adapted to fit AVCV’s services. After the pilot test, refinements were made, and a finalized AVCV-specific version of the model was created. The rest of this project comprised a formative evaluation, which is a rigorous assessment to determine AVCV’s readiness for formal evaluation. This was carried out by collecting key program documentation, interviewing stakeholders, collaborating to design a pilot data collection, and executing a six-month pilot test of it. The goal was to determine which data will be most useful for AVCV’s purposes on an ongoing basis and to inform the two phases of formal evaluation. These phases consist of a process evaluation, during which the evaluation team will collect more detailed data on how services are delivered, while working with AVCV to complete ongoing improvements to the client satisfaction survey and implementation (services) data.