Evaluation is an important step in the development and improvement of law enforcement youth programs. Since many departments have limited budgets, it is beneficial to know whether or not resources are being allocated to programs that are effective in reducing and preventing juvenile crime, delinquency, and victimization. To assess the impact of youth programs in your department, it is essential to identify key features of the program, including specific goals, objectives, and activities. The steps outlined in this section will enable you to determine the program’s effectiveness on achieving your intended goals—data that can be used in reports within your department or to showcase your youth program externally, to your city or partner agencies. Collecting program data and demonstrating the impact of your program can prove valuable if your department seeks funding opportunities to support youth programs and services.
There are eight steps to begin the impact evaluation process, as illustrated in the diagram below:
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IACP has developed several tools for law enforcement departments to help evaluate youth programs and services. These tools will enable you to apply the eight evaluation steps to your department’s youth program.
Questions? For additional assistance in using IACP’s impact evaluation tools, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-THE-IACP x 830.
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