|The extraordinary growth of interest in restorative justice both as an
alternative and as an addition to normal criminal justice processing is
widely recognised. This brings with it an obligation to test RJ programs as
rigorously as we can to ensure that ƒ€˜feeling rightƒ€™ does not become a
substitute for ƒ€˜doing rightƒ€™. It has been suggested that evaluating RJ
programs is a more than usually difficult task because of the sometimes
undefined nature of the intervention and the diverse and multiple objectives
many espouse. In addition RJ programs are guided by values which may need
also to inform the evaluation.
The paper will discuss the processes by which realistic and useful outcome
criteria can be arrived at, while acknowledging the special issues that need
to be considered in restorative justice, and how relevant and appropriate
methodologies for addressing the outcome criteria can be employed.
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