Post Hoc Evaluation of Sex Offender Treatment: A Collaborative Approach Using Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Lynn Pardie, University of Illinois at Springfield

The success of field-based evaluations of treatment relies heavily on collaborative relationships between clinicians and researchers, and on mutual efforts to develop the most effective evaluation strategy possible under existing constraints. Ideally, however, the future data needs of program evaluators should be built into the structure of the treatment program from the outset. This presentation provides an overview of the important offender- and treatment-related variables, as well as the basic parameters of research design, that should be considered when implementing or revising treatment programs for sex offenders. The presentation is designed for clinicians, as well as for research sponsors and program evaluators. Information and recommendations, grounded in current empirical and clinical guidelines for the treatment of sex offenders, will be presented and will include examples of research strategies and measures drawn from a recent implementation and impact evaluation of several specialized, probation-based, treatment programs for sex offenders.

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Updated 05/20/2006