Evaluation of Criminal Justice Advisory Board Education

Arthur C. Amann, Mercyhurst College Civic Institute

The purpose of this project was to educate criminal justice executives in a retreat setting on subject matter such as systems thinking, change theory, strategic planning and the importance of collaboration.

Developmental and evaluative research methodologies were used. The developmental methodology was used because the researcher was creating a product to educate criminal justice executives. The evaluative methodology was used to determine the effectiveness of the curriculum and retreat delivery system.

Nine procedures were used; primary among them was the use of an extensive literature review, a pilot retreat, and the creation of formative and summative committees to provide valuable feedback to the researcher on the curriculum and evaluation. The iterative review process was the central tool in working with these two critical committees.

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Updated 05/20/2006