Identifying Factors Associated With Drug Treatment Court Completion and Recidivism: Some Challenges to Measuring the Intervention in the Real World

Amy Craddock, Indiana State University

ABSTRACT
Drug courts face major barriers to producing data for monitoring and evaluation. In particular, management information systems (MIS) are often inadequate for development of measures of program participation and compliance. This paper uses information gathered for the statewide process and outcome evaluation of the North Carolina Drug Treatment Court program to frame a discussion of the development of such evaluation measures. It also addresses the challenges of incorporation fo evaluation and accountability measures into information systems designed primarily for client case management.

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