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JJIS Data & Evaluation Committee
Mission, Goals & Principles
 

MISSION STATEMENT
Serve as a standing sub-committee of the JJIS Steering Committee to:
  • Guide the development of routine publications/statistics; specific research initiatives; design, reporting, and analysis of JJIS data in order to provide quality program and system evaluations and forecasting for system resources and prevention and intervention strategies.
 
  • Function as an analytical Users Group that assesses development, implementation and interpretation of analytical reports for consistency, accuracy and appropriateness in the areas of:
    • Program evaluation
    • Forecasting
    • Policy analysis
    • Impact analysis
    • Trend analysis
 
 
GOALS 
Research and Evaluation  
Identify data element needs from an evaluation perspective for quality control and identify research questions that Oregon seeks to pursue with JJIS data.
 
Assist in analyzing and disseminating reasoned and researched information to JJIS partner agencies, leaders and policy makers, including the Oregon Juvenile Department Directors’ Association (OJDDA), Oregon Youth Authority (OYA), and Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee (JCPAC).
Reports
 
Guide and prioritize the development, use and interpretation of JJIS reports and provide interagency mentorship regarding information sharing and meaningful data;
 
Define and guide the development of data extracts from the JJIS database to support statewide and local juvenile justice policy and program research initiatives, including annual Recidivism data, Minority Over-Representation, Juvenile Crime Prevention plans and Risk Screening Instruments.
Case Management
 
Provide feedback on practices and JJIS technical and program evaluation solutions regarding Case Management and Outcome Measures.
 
Recommend data elements from an evaluation perspective for Case Management and Program Evaluation module development.
 
GUIDING PRINCIPLES 
 
All decisions and recommendations of the committee will:
  • Include a rationale based on clear purposes that serve important goals in the juvenile justice system (e.g., reducing juvenile offending, promoting effective practices, fostering responsibility and success in youth and families, meeting the needs of victims of crime, reducing minority over-representation)
  • Support effective decision making throughout the system
  • Take into account workload implications; and foster simplicity, efficient and streamlined data entry, and minimum duplication of effort
  • Balance the goal of uniform statewide reporting with respect for the autonomy and integrity of the partner agencies
  • Promote collaboration and consistency with related efforts (e.g., Case Management Planning Committee, Risk Work Group, Juvenile Crime Prevention Evaluation)
  • Provide ongoing guidance and education regarding research and evaluation issues (e.g., ways data, analyses, and reports generated in JJIS can – and cannot – be used)
 
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR EVALUATORS 
 
Adapted from policies of the American Evaluation Association Task Force for the purposes of guiding evaluators and researchers in juvenile justice and crime prevention; supplementing principles that govern the Data and Evaluation Subcommittee of the JJIS Steering Committee; and providing a framework for decision making by JJIS partners.
 
Systematic Inquiry - Evaluators conduct systematic, data-based inquiries about whatever is being evaluated
  • Adhere to highest appropriate technical standards to increase accuracy and credibility
  • Explore with clients the shortcomings and strengths of evaluation questions and approaches for answering them
  • Communicate methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret, and critique their work; and make clear the limitations of an evaluation and its results
 
Competence - Evaluators provide competent performance to stakeholders
  • Possess education, skills, experience appropriate to undertake tasks proposed in the evaluation; continually maintain and improve competencies
  • Practice within the limits of professional training and competence and decline to conduct evaluation outside those limits
 
Integrity and Honesty - Evaluators ensure honesty and integrity of the entire evaluation process
  • Negotiate honestly with clients and stakeholders concerning costs, tasks, limitations of methodology, scope of results to be obtained, and uses of data
  • Record all changes to original project plans and the reasons why, and inform the client of changes and their likely impact
  • Disclose any roles or relationships they have that might pose a conflict of interest
  • Prevent or correct substantial misuse of their work, and communicate any concerns about misleading information
  • Disclose sources of financial support and who requested the evaluation
 
Respect for People - Evaluators respect the security, dignity, and self-worth of all persons involved
  • Abide by professional ethics and standards
  • Identify and communicate both benefits and negative effects of results to stakeholders
  • Identify and respect differences among participants, and attend to potential implications of differences in the evaluation
 
Responsibilities for General and Public Welfare - Evaluators articulate and take into account the diversity of interests and values related to general and public welfare
  • Include important perspectives and interests of the full range of stakeholders
  • Provide access to evaluation information to all stakeholders
  • Balance the needs of clients with those of other stakeholders