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This course will
explore techniques used to evaluate data and information typically used by
criminal justice supervisors, managers and policy makers. The course will focus
on the application of social science research, economic models, and the use of
statistical methods in evaluating policy and procedures. Topics include
conceptual, methodological, bureaucratic, political and organizational factors
in evaluation processes as well as specific program evaluation research
As a result of this
course, the learner should:
their analytical, writing and verbal communication skills.
their information and technology literacy skills.
the common methods of policy, program and procedure analysis.
4. be able to
compare and contrast multiple research and analytical
5. be able to
place the analysis of information in the broader context of
criminal justice management.
A goal of this course
is to increase the information and technology literacy skills of the learner.
To that end, all readings are available online through research databases
provided by the Union Institute and University. Moreover, when conducting
research associated with this course learners are encouraged to use Union
Institute and University online resources.
This online course is
divided into four modules. If you are taking the semester course a module is
due roughly every month. For Session learners, a
module is due every two weeks. Note that there
are two types of assignments Module Specific
Assignments and Final Project Assignments.
The four papers should be between 3-5 pages,
each. APA style is strongly encouraged.
During each module you will be completely a
small portion of a final
project. Each Final
Project Assignment is designed to help
complete a final project that should
8-10 page report.
Method of Evaluation:
Each Module Specific Assignment will
constitute 15% of your final grade. The final project will be 40%.
You must download,
review, sign and submit a learning agreement prior to the end of the first week
of the course.
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According to the book
description of The Administration and Management of Criminal Justice Organizations: A Book of Readings,
“Administrators of contemporary criminal justice organizations must balance their finite resources among an ever-changing
list of infinite demands. Challenges come from a diverse range of constituent groups within an agency as well as from offenders
and the community, often resulting in contradictory requests. The articles in this outstanding collection introduce the reader
to the complexity of court, police, and correctional organizations, resulting in an appreciation of the role of the administrator.
They question traditional methods and practices as administrators meet the organizational demands of the twenty-first century.
These ideas permeate the five sections of the text. The first section places criminal justice organizations in the context
of their structure and function. Section two examines the role of the individual by stressing the importance of an individual’s
adaptation to organizational composition and demands. Section three covers group behavior, emphasizing the links between formal
and informal elements within criminal justice organizations. Section four highlights the importance of criminal justice processes
for an understanding of criminal justice administration. Finally, section five examines change within criminal justice organizations,
noting that many reforms bring about unintended consequences for both criminal justice administrators and society.”