Strategic Planning in Applied Criminologic Research: A Case Study of Reentry in Baltimore, Maryland

Shelli Rossman, The Urban Institute
John Roman, The Urban Institute

ABSTRACT
Increasingly, funders and designers of innovative social programming are turning to the evaluation community for assistance in both the design and evolution of interventions. Whereas the traditional role of evaluators in outcome or impact evaluations requires a clear delineation of responsibilities, the development of practitioner-evaluator partnerships demands more collaborative relationships. Such partnerships, if properly designed and executed, can yield programs that are rigorously evidence-based and well positioned for serious study. However, the evaluators' role in the development and operation of a program may not only confound evaluation outcomes, but potentially also may have adverse impacts on the program once the researchers conclude their work. The optimal response, we believe, lies in the development of strategic planning models as the initial evaluative foray in research-practitioner collaborations.

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