Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Monitoring and Evaluation of Restorative Justice

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_575

Overview

As restorative justice programs spread throughout the world, it has become more and more important to have adequate evaluations of such programs upon which policymakers, practitioners, and academics can rely. This entry distinguishes between monitoring, which all programs and practitioners should do themselves, and evaluation, which requires more specialized knowledge and skills. Both monitoring and evaluation need to be appropriate to the aims and context of the program itself and should meet the needs of and be accountable to the stakeholders of the program, including funders, those referring cases to the program, participants, and staff. Evaluation is thus not just “measuring satisfaction” or answering the question “does it make offenders reoffend less?” but must consider all the outcomes desired for the program, whether they have been achieved and, preferably, whether the program is cost-effective, or value for money. The entry provides some guidance on how to set up and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK