International Law Enforcement Training: Does it Make a Difference?

Stephen Shamblen, Pacific Inst. for Research & Evaluation
Knowlton Johnson, Pacific Inst. for Research & Evaluation
Linda Young, Pacific Inst. for Research & Evaluation
J. Price Foster, University of Louisville

This paper presents an evaluation of the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) - Bangkok';s Supervisor Criminal Investigation training program. The ILEA-Bangkok was established in 1998 to provide training to personnel in criminal justice in Southeast Asia. The major objective of the training evaluation was to provide policy relevant results to the U.S. State Department and to ILEA-Bangkok. We used a pre-post follow-up intervention group only design with repeated measures for the evaluation. Training outcomes included changes in knowledge, commitment to using the training, on-the-job behavior, organizational adoption, and collabortation. Questionnaire data were collected from 214 criminal justice mid-managers at baseline and post-training. Eight percent of original sample (171 trainees) responded to a six-month follow-up questionnaire. In addition to average group changes, we conducted subgroup analyses to ascertain the extent to which overall average changes in outcoems were greater in some subgroups than others (e.g., trainees from English speaking countries vs. non-English speaking countries). These data were analyzed using ordinary least squares multiple regression, hierarchical linear modeling, and structural equation modeling procedures. Preliminary results show that the training had small to large size effects on knowledge, on-the-job behaviors, and collaboration inside and outside the trainee's organization.

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