The BJA Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to maintain a user-friendly online evaluation and performance measurement tool designed to assist state and local criminal justice planners, practitioners, State Administrative Agencies, researchers, and evaluators in: 1) conducting evaluations and performance measurement that will address the effectiveness and efficiency of their projects and 2) using evaluation information to improve program planning and implementation.
The web site contains two main sections: Program Areas and Evaluation and Performance Measures Resources.
The Program Areas section features evaluation information on criminal justice programs and strategies and contains specific subsections on justice-related topics. The program-specific topic areas are: Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, Community Prosecution, Tribal Courts, Victim Services Programs, Sex Offender Programs and Strategies, Reentry, Community-Based Crime Prevention, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Gang Programs/Strategies, Information Sharing, Multijurisdictional Task Forces, Victim Services Programs, Methamphetamine Programs/Strategies, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, and Residential Substance Abuse Treatment. The topic areas include an assessment of what has been learned from previously conducted evaluations, present information on evaluation considerations and challenges, list commonly used performance measures, and provide references of evaluation reports for each area.
The Evaluation and Performance Measures Resources section provides a comprehensive Guide to Program Evaluation with sections designed to assist evaluators and practitioners in getting started, planning the evaluation, understanding the different types of evaluation, the data collection process, and reporting and using evaluation results.
To get started, see the Guide to Program Evaluation.