REENTRY PROGRAMS, INCARCERATION TO COMMUNITY: The below studies use qualitative methods to evaluate PROGRAM process and implementation of reentry programs for people returning to the community following incarceration.
2010 to 2012: Implementation Evaluation of Department of Correction Initiatives: Program Integration and DOC Reentry Program, Two-year grant award, Connecticut State Department of Correction.
Evaluate two initiatives of the Department of Correction (DOC): CT DOC Reentry Workbook (pre-release) program and the Program Fidelity project (post release services) in order to 1) determine if programs are being implemented with fidelity to the model, 2) identify challenges and competing issues to implementation, 3) assess the extent to which program participants (inmates, ex-offenders) utilize these resources and what they find to be helpful, 4) inform program development and training, and 5) develop capacity to evaluate effectiveness of these initiatives (i.e., to ensure successful reentry for offenders and reduce recidivism).
Researchers gather and analyze information and data on implementation, utilization, and effectiveness of the two initiatives. Methodology includes interviews, focus groups, surveys, on-site observations, and review of program documentation. See presentation: “Implementation Evaluation of Two DOC Initiatives: Reentry Workbook Program and Program Fidelity Project”
2008-2009: Process Evaluation, Bridgeport Reentry Initiative, Connecticut State Department of Correction.
Conducted an implementation evaluation of the Bridgeport Reentry Initiative (BRI) grant. The evaluator worked collaboratively with a range of program staff – conducted an in-depth investigation of the program, learned about the program model and developments, explicated the objectives of the different elements of the program specific to creating change, and identified the framework or strategies for achieving the objectives. The final outcome of the implementation evaluation was the development of a logic model that: (1) Described the components and functions of the multi-agent program, (2) Established a shared understanding and a set of expectations among staff and key stakeholders of how the program will create change, and (3) Provided an approach for tracking participation and progress within programs over time and tracking outcomes for different participant groups (based on assessment of needs and risks and engagement in program activities). See presentation: “Bridgeport Reentry Initiative, Program Model for Creating Change.”